Congestive heart failiure

By the5thone Latest Reply 2009-01-16 01:51:25 -0600
Started 2009-01-15 01:24:49 -0600

Nonday night it throught I was having breathin problems. Since I couldnt catch my breath at all. Went to the hospital and found out that I had Diastolic Congestive heart failiure. Was in the hospital for 3 days.

9 replies

Avera 2009-01-15 20:48:10 -0600 Report

I would be very interested in knowing what symptoms you had that lead to you having the problem. I am glad that you are home and feeling better.

It would also help us all if you could tell us what you now have to do to keep this from happening again.

SkipT 2009-01-15 18:54:16 -0600 Report

Even though people think it is bad for them, they should still exercise. Here is a website site explaining the reasons:

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-01-16 01:51:25 -0600 Report

That's a good web site about the importance of exercise. My husband and I are members of a gym which we find hard to put into our schedule. Exercise, to me, means 30 minutes on the treadmill at 4 MPH, plus a couple of circuits on the weight machines, then some swimming. Perhaps my goals are too lofty, time wise. But I always feel energized afterward, whereas if I don't, I am physically depressed. So, I ahd better put it on my TODO list along with everything else I need to get done so I can put off getting congestive heart failure for 20 years as my cardiologist "promised."

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-01-15 12:16:57 -0600 Report

When I recently told my doc that my heart fluttered, he ordered a Holter exam. I wore a device that tracked the heart beat for 24 hours. I am very active - play drums, always take the stairs, hike, shovel snow, walk fast, climb on the roof, etc. Immediately after the doc got the report he phoned with a strong recommendation that I see a cardiologist ASAP as I had an unusual & abnormal heart beat. Other tests were performed with the result that I had distolic dysfunction. I am 66, diabetes is under good control (A1c 5.5), and though I take many meds, all labs are in good order. HDLs, even before I was diabetic were always over 70. My heart always beat "funny."

I researched the diagnosis on web, after the stunning news, and learned that fluid was slowly building in my left heart chamber and would spill over into my lungs especially as I got older. Doc's recommendation was to increase my exercise to remain in good shape, and to decrease my caffeine intake. As I am bothered by migraines he didn't say to eliminate the caffeine. He also said that I did not have to return to him, but that problems from the this diagnosis would not be a problem for me for another 20 years. I panicked, and was pissed off, as I had done everything a good diabetic was supposed to do to prevent cardiac disease from developing: good A1c, lose weight, exercise, etc. My intern, at my request, ordered a CT scan of my heart to reveal if there were any cholersterol plaques adhering to the artery walls. In the previous echocardiogram I had observed that the valves seemed clear of build-up. This report came back showing that there was zero build-up.

I had to pay out-of-pocket for the test ($150.00). It's called a calcium score, and for me, it placated the the stress I was putting upon myself. I WILL suffer, and die from, congestive heart failure but it is not due to diet or diabetes, or a passive life style, and I want the world to know this.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-15 15:11:56 -0600 Report

you sound a bit like me, pay to get rid of stress! i feel your frustration! my sister was always the healthy one and then she got a cancer that usually doesn't go into remission. she was really mad about it, bacause she has always took care of herself. she is 68 and has been in remission for 10 years. she is a tough old girl!

2009-01-15 11:59:56 -0600 Report

I am glad to hear you are home and doing better. Just keep check on things and do what the doctor tells you, and you will do fine.

dyanne 2009-01-15 02:07:41 -0600 Report

Hi well Iam glad you are ok that must have been very scary.
It is one of my fears. What exactly does it mean and what did they do for you??
good luck and I wish You well