Enlarged Heart

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-07-2003
Enlarged Heart
3
Wed, 05-07-2003 - 2:40pm


Hi!

Can anyone tell me exactly what an enlarged heart is? What are some problems that can arise? Are there physical limitations (including sexual)?

Thanks!

Avatar for cl_themummy2001
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 05-08-2003 - 10:12pm
Welcome to the board, eviefor3......

I hope that the cardiac specialist can give you some answers to your questions...your doctor should always be your first resource when you have cardiac problems! I'm glad you're going to see a specialist. I do have a question for you, though.....why did your doctors allow you to return to work after only two weeks? That seems very strange. Usually, there is a longer period of time when you aren't allowed to work....when the doctors will monitor you very closely. Just wondering! Please let us know how your appointment goes with the specialist, okay? Good luck!

Again....welcome!

Linda.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2003
Thu, 05-08-2003 - 12:03pm
i was just diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy with an extra benefit of having a leaking mitral valve and slow heartbeat. i am 51 years old, work a miniimum of 50 hours a week at a very stressful job, my daughter and her 2 children live with me (the babies are 3 and 8 months) so it is not very quiet at home. i never missed an hour of a shift even when i ignored the fact that for over 2 weeks (it came out of nowhere) i could not breathe. i was so short of breath i would have to sit on the floor with a fan directed at my face. as i said, i ignored this thinking it was allergies or anxiety attacks or something. i finally made an appointment with my doctor (had not seen one in 3 years) and imagine my surprise when i rode to the hospital in an ambulance. they said i had a bundle branch block and y heart was skipping many beats, they did an echocardiogram and an angiogram and have said that my heart is functioning at 20 - 25%. they alowed me to go back to work 2 weeks later and have not missed an hour of a shift since then. i am on 4 different heart meds and have not had the shortness of breath since.

i have seen 2 different cardiologists now and am going to a heart failure specialist at the end of this month. i don't know if i am in denial or what, but i am having a really tough time with all of this information. i am not sure that i believe what they are saying (especially when they say that a 5 year life expectancy is not even a thing to look forward to). is this normal? is this how it happens? i have so many questions and yet no one that i know can answer anything for me because no one i know has ever been exposed to this but maybe now i have found the place for other women like me.

thank you for listening

Avatar for cl_themummy2001
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 05-07-2003 - 8:24pm
Hi, tx cheerleader......welcome to the board!

An enlarged heart can be caused by SO many things that it's impossible to make even an educated guess to help you out or give you any logical information! I think your very best course of action would be to see a cardiologist and have him/her run some tests to determine why your heart is enlarged, what (if any) meds you might want to begin taking, and what (if any) restrictions you would need to make to your lifestyle. Make that appointment with a good cardiologist....for your own peace of mind, if for no other reason! You really should KNOW why your heart is enlarged. You don't mention your age, whether or not you've ever seen a cardiologist, whether or not you're on any medications, or how active or inactive your lifestyle is...it's hard to give you any answers at all without knowing what your cardiologist has told you....and your cardiologist would really be your first person to see to have your questions answered. Good luck, and let us know how you're doing, okay? Sorry I couldn't have been more help, but your doctor is ALWAYS the first person to see with regards to any medical issues you might be having!

Welcoming (((hugs))),

Linda.