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Old 07-10-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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Enlarged Heart Questions

I was recently told i have that the left side of my heart is severly enlarged. I received my blood test back (I think BNP) and it was 20 which the doc said was good and that meant that I wasn't already in heart failure. He said I could go into congestive heart failure. ANyway He upped my blood pressure meds and I started feeling better, breathing better. But now about three weeks later I'm starting to have trouble breathing again. Not as bad but still bad. It happens alot when I lay down. I feel like my chest weighs a ton and my arms and legs. My neck also. It feels like my head is too heavy to hold it up sometimes. I am extremely tired all the time. I guess it doesn't help that I work two jobs and I only get about 6 hours of sleep a night. But I am still concerned. Will the enlargement of the left side of my heart reverse itself since they got my blood pressure under control now? Will the swelling or whatever is going on there go down so to speak. Sometimes I feel like maybe my blood pressure is going to low now. I checked it once and it was like 103/83. How low is too low for blood pressure. I feel good alot of the time but never great. Good is something for me to shoot for at this point! LOL The doctor is referring me to a cardiologist but I haven't gotten the appointment yet. They are supposed to call me to set it up. I guess I'm going to have to call and remind them.

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Hi Kim,

A left ventricle that remodeled (dilated) can reverse diminsions back to normal. It took about a year for me. Medically referred to as dilated cardiomyopathy and may even improve on its own (depending on the underlying cause). Meds to lower blood pressure, etc. reduces the stress to the heart and aids a reversal.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an enlargement due to thickening of heart wall muscle, and may not reverse.

Restrictive cardiomyopathy, heart muscle becomes more rigid and pumping ability less forceful. Believed to be inherited and not reversable.

Yes, BNP will increase when the heart is subjected to the stress of CHF.

Old 07-15-2007, 07:09 AM   #3
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They told me when I was about 24 that I had an enlarged muscle that was probably inherited. But then I lost a lot of weight and it seemed to improve. I'm not sure yet what this is that I'm having now. I have to go to the cardiologist on the 25th. I felt better right after the doctor upped my blood pressure meds but now I am starting to feel like crap again. I do have alot of stress in my life. I feel like I"m exhausted all the time these days. My neck and back (through my shoulders) hurt alot. But it seems to get worse when I get really really tired like its stress or fatgiue. Then if I lay down and take a nap or just relax it eases up. I guess it wouldn't ease up if I was having a heart attack right? LOL I can't seem to determine what could be heart pain and what is just fatigue or exhaustion. Please I have a newspaper route and I get a lot of pain in my left arm and shoulder from throwing newspapers. I'm afraid that I'm going to blow off a pain that is serious. WHere would my chest hurt if I was feeling heart pain?? THen of course sometimes I think its indigestion because if I burp then it feels better. I know that sounds awful but the other night my chest felt kind of tight way up by my collar bones. Then I burped and it eased up. I really just want to get in to the cardiologist so I can feel better.... but then I'm afraid that I'm never going to feel better. Maybe they can keep me alive but can they ever really make me feel good again! I just know how my father is but he's been in CHF for about 23 years. They gave him six months to live and he's lived 23 years with it but he has a hard time and never realy feels good. But by the time he was diagnosed his heart was already beyond repair. Since I'm not actually in CHF at this point does that make my chances better of recovery?? I can't stand the not knowing anymore. My stupid doctors office was supposed to arrange the cardiologist appt right away and they waited three weeks..... and the referral said he wanted me in within two weeks....... and now I have to wait another 10 days to see him. So he wanted me in in two weeks and thanks to his office staff it will have taken five weeks by the time I get in to see the cardiologist. i hope that small amount of time couldn't make it that much worse.

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