EDIT I wished to edit my answer in order to offer somebody with cardiac arrest hope that life is not over for them.
My ef dropped to less than 17%at one point and I was offered no more than 6 months to live and told I might drop dead any minute. I enjoy to inform you all that after taking my meds as prescribed, watching my diet plan, and staying active, (the heart is a muscle and needs to be worked out) and a true desire to live a life worth living, I recently got the results of my most current EKG. My heart is now working at 55%, normal is 50–60%. There is no dripping valves, my heart looks healthy, and is functioning typically. end of edit *
I have no idea of life expectency however my heart is working at 20%and has actually been for a couple of years.
I had a cardiac arrest in 2011 and although I drove myself to emergency situation and they validated I was having a cardiac arrest I didn’t receine correct medical attention later on. At that time my heart function was around 24%
I felt great. I do not look like a typical cardiovascular disease victim, I had a really physical job, I was slim, and was back to work one week later on. My GP stated I didn’t need to take any heart meds and never followed up. I felt great so didn’t stress over it.
One year later on I had heart failure. Inflamed feet, seeming like I was drowning if I set and so on. My GP still did refrain from doing anything. I wound up driving myself to the healthcare facility after nights of not sleeping.
After that I had a cardiologist read me the riot act and recommend heart medications. I changed my diet, low sodium, and so on. I was feeling respectable however passed out one day so went back to cardiologist.
He quadrupled one of my medications, said I could drop dead any minute and made me get a pacemaker/defibrillator.
They were able to connect the defibrillator part but couldn’t get the pacemaker wire linked. They sent me home and said to recover and they would try once again.
I remained in misery, had NO energy, I wanted to die, life was not worth living. I had awful pain in my ribs, couldn’t keep any food in me, could not even walk up 6 steps. I used to be able to stroll miles and some days I needed to craw to the bathroom.
They tried once again to connect the pacemaker. A 45 minute treatment took 4 hours and they still didn’t get it connected. 4 cardiologists and an overall of 8 hours and it was still not attached.
I declined to let them touch me again. I kept telling them how ill I was and the pain was getting worse.
Lastly!! I got to talk to a cardiologist that listened to me. I had already cut back on my medications since I didn’t care if I died. I could not live that method.
He recommended a different medication and I had practically instant enhancement. I believe the year of taking the wrong medicaton did damage to my heart and I had a cardiovascular disease the same week they altered my meds. My implanted defibrillator saved my life.
From the time they implanted the defibrillator to the cardiac arrest was 8 months and I had 84 episodes where the defibrillator administered a shock. They altered my medications and I have actually had no episodes because.
It turns out the pain was from ribs they moved while trying to attach the pacemaker. A chiropractic practitioner repaired that.
My heart is still operating at 20%however I am now walking a minimum of a mile on hilly surface. I have the ability to live my life. I want to live!
I am59 I hope I live a minimum of a decade. To see my grand daughter graduate.
Sorry for the length of my remark however I wanted individuals to question their medical professionals and if a medication does not seem to be working don’t let them inform you it’s all in your head or there is absolutely nothing else you can take. Carvidilol is the meds I could not endure. It is excellent for some individuals but with others it actually does more damage.
I want to apologize for everyone who asked me questions and I didn’t respond. For some factor I never got notification there were concerns till today when Stanley asked his concern and I happened to return and saw the others.
I will tell you exactly what I am on.
Spironlactone 25 mg
Furosemide 40 mg 1– 2 xs a day
Bisoprolol 10 mg
Lancora Ivabradine 5 mg 2 x’s a day
Entresto 49/51 mg two times a day. They tried increasing it and my BP dropped so low I had no energy at all. Entresto contains 48.6 mg sacubitril and 51.4 mg valsartan.
Like I stated previously, on carvidilol I could not do 6 actions. A couple of weeks ago I did 75 stairs without stopping, in the middle of a mile long walk.