Well, in my case the cardiomyopathy was gone years prior to my heart attack. I had multiple echos done that showed the ef to be between 55 and 60%.I just reread this thread and wanted to give an additional note to this part of your post.
You also have cardiomyopathy if i read correctly. (or had). this can make the measurement of EF quite difficult.
On monday when i had an ECHO, the machine showed "EF (TEICH) = 38%".
For hearts without structural issues (cardiomyopathy), the calculated EF (TEICH) is quite accurate. For us guys with structural issues, measurement has to be done "more manually" by experienced cardiologists.
The "EF (TEICH) = 38%" was measured to be around 28% by him.
i assume something similar could have been the case with you.
First time they took the calculated value because they didnt analyse everything correctly.
Well, in my case the cardiomyopathy was gone years prior to my heart attack. I had multiple echos done that showed the ef to be between 55 and 60%.
Then I had the heart attack. The doctors think it came back artificially high when I came out of icu because of the drugs they had me on. Perhaps the dopamine had it higher.
When I had cardiomyopathy, it was idiopathic (causes unknown). So I didn't have any structural abnormalities like spongy tissue. Mine was most probably due to steroids or possibly a virus, but I hadn't been sick. It cleared up once I was drug free for 1 year.
I'd say a false low wouldn't really be as possible. In my case I think mine was measured high because of the drugs they had me on in the hospital, or it's possible that my heart was going downhill fast over an extended period of time after the heart attack.Wow so its possible to have a false high ef!?
what about a false low ef ?
Can't remember, are you on any diuretic?
What makes you say you have water in the lungs?
Is your blood pressure in a healthy range? I've found if mine is either too high or too low I can feel it. Anything over 125 mm hg is high for me.
Your BP is at the lower limit that I can handle. If mine gets lower than that I will be dizzy and light headed all day long. Glad you can tolerate it.I hear it when i have water in my lungs.
sunday to monday night and yesterday to tonight i had this issue at night - heavy breathing and the typical sound of water.
Yes, i am on a low dose of torasemid (15mg). My "upfront" letter from the clinic says to increase it due to the pressure in my system but up until now i did not have an appointment at my cardiologists and i am unsure if i can up the dosage on my own.
BP is always around 105/63-68.
hey maldorf,If either you or someone in your family suffers from heart failure, I'm sure that you've been swept up in all the excitement surrounding the new drug called Entresto. But there are some crucial things you need to know about this med before you "ask your doctor" to prescribe it.hsionline.com
yeah. 2 different diuretics, Candesartan and nebivolol should be enough.I would probably do the same. With an Arb + diuretic + betablocker you have pretty much every drug there is to support heart failure.
During the study that Novartis ran on Entresto there were a good number of people that had to stop taking it.yeah. 2 different diuretics, Candesartan and nebivolol should be enough.
I am glad i didnt take entresto yesterday evening and today. I imagine that i already feel a bit more energetic..