Heart failure people?

Hello friends! I got my pacemaker/defibrillator when I was 29 because I am in heart failure and my heart was only working 20%. It now works 27% so I'm happy! Is anyone being considered for the heart transplant list? How long have you been in heart failure? And how are you feeling now days? Thank you for commenting! 



by Gemita - 2019-11-03 14:24:14

Ametcalf86, I just wanted to say that I think you are incredibly brave and I am sure that you will go far with your positive attitude.  Although I don't wish heart failure on any member, I hope there are others on this forum who can contribute and with whom you can exchange valuable, optimistic results.  I have a friend who has heart failure and is doing really well.  She now has an EF of 55% and tells me that it has been a long time since she had "congestion, bloating or had to take a diuretic".  She is mindful that the situation can change, but for the moment she is living very much in the moment.

I do hope you can build up your EF and you can look forward to a good quality of life.  Take good care

Angysparrow and Gemita!

by ametcalf86 - 2019-11-03 14:58:03

I am a cheerful enthusiastic person! I live life to the fullest with my family and I am even finishing up my masters degree!!! So exciting! I plan on going back to work as soon as i graduate in February! 😊 I have been disabled since October of 2016 and I hate it ! I don't let it get me down. I'm sorry about your husband. My husband is that way too. I don't see him making it long because he doesn't take his medicine. I love statistics! Thank you for replying! 

The doctor at Duke University told me that my ef would never get better than 27%, which is disappointing. I am so happy for anyone who can get their ef up! Have a great day y'all!


by AgentX86 - 2019-11-03 20:37:40

You're young to be having this problem.  It's unfortunate that your husband won't help himself, too.  Your attitude is right on and you really don't need anything/one holding you back.

When I started down the Afib path in 2007, I was technically in heart failure but got with the program immediately and was able to turn it around. There is no sign of HF now and I don't think my cardiologist even knows about it.  I decided that I liked the green side of the grass so did what I needed to do, with much help from my wife, without question. 

It seems you're doing a great job of knocking 'em down as life sets 'em up. I hope that you can convince your husband to get with it too. Optimism works.

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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.