Enlarged Left Ventricle

I went to doctor this morning because I’m tired all the time and had difficulty breading the last few days when outside and at home without aircon … when the aircon was turned on breathing improved.
Anyways, the doctor took an EKG/ECG and said that he found some abnormality, sending me to the ER … they did some blood tests, chest x-ray … another ECG … final verdict, I have an Enlarged Left Ventricle … duh!

The doctor didn’t say anything about treatment. I wonder if I can sport … how much can I strain my heart … nothing … just some meds (a secretolytic agent to improve breading and a diuretic) for a day or three … that’s it.

Looking up Enlarged Left Ventricle on the internet made me actually freak out …

Just get a bigger jockstrap or looser boxers. :idunno:

That’s below the waist … my problem is way above

It’s like … go home and deal with it by yourself … oh, BTW, here’re some meds because it makes us money …

I just would like to know if I can still run up the mountain with my dogs or just need to slow walk … how far can I strain my heart without dropping dead on the spot …

I kind of knew I had a ‘special’ heart … this early morning my HB was 48bpm … later at the doc’s it was 58 … after having walked up the mountain.

That’s a really good rate, isn’t it? That’s how fast marathon runners’ hearts beat.

Seriously, though, take good care of yourself, mate! It’s odd that they said nothing about treatment or behavioral changes. I would definitely ask for recommendations on a more caring doctor, and then make an appointment to discuss this further.

That’s a really good rate, isn’t it? That’s how fast marathon runners’ hearts beat.[/quote]

I’m not a marathon runner … I just walk my dogs and run a little … used to play badminton tho, and as a teen ice hockey … but that’s it … apart from fitness and weight training some years ago …

I’ve been lower than that in the high 30’s (36-38) some years ago …

Well, the internets tell me it is caused by either cardiomyopathy which means a weakening of the heart muscle, which sounds like meh. not such a big deal and can be easily treated with certain meds (like the ones they gave you) OR it may be caused by valvular heart disease.

So you might want to go get yourself checked for valvular heart disease. But it sounds like the doctor you saw thought of that and sent you out for testing and thought you probably had cardiomyopathy. I’d find out if the testing was indeed for valvular heart disease and what the results were.

It’s the ER doctor … so, what does he care

[quote=“Lili”]Well, the internets tell me it is caused by either cardiomyopathy which means a weakening of the heart muscle, which sounds like meh. not such a big deal and can be easily treated with certain meds (like the ones they gave you) OR it may be caused by valvular heart disease.

So you might want to go get yourself checked for valvular heart disease. But it sounds like the doctor you saw thought of that and sent you out for testing and thought you probably had cardiomyopathy. I’d find out if the testing was indeed for valvular heart disease and what the results were.[/quote]

I just would like to know if need to be careful when straining my heart … if could get worse

[quote=“Belgian Pie”][quote=“Lili”]Well, the internets tell me it is caused by either cardiomyopathy which means a weakening of the heart muscle, which sounds like meh. not such a big deal and can be easily treated with certain meds (like the ones they gave you) OR it may be caused by valvular heart disease.

So you might want to go get yourself checked for valvular heart disease. But it sounds like the doctor you saw thought of that and sent you out for testing and thought you probably had cardiomyopathy. I’d find out if the testing was indeed for valvular heart disease and what the results were.[/quote]

I just would like to know if need to be careful when straining my heart … if could get worse[/quote]
I would just like to know if you have heart disease. Cause that seems a slight bit more important to know.

Straining your heart is like… not really an issue. Your heart is a muscle and as long as it’s healthy, excersing it (swimming, running, etc) is a good thing. Stress and bad stuff like alcohol/drugs/medications/cigarettes are a problem.
Take it from someone who knows. I have heart palpitations occurring like eh once a month since high school. Like crazy my-shirt-is-bouncing-because-myheart-is-pounding-so-hard. I was afraid my heart was being “strained/damaged” cause of it- like OMG my hear is going to deteriorate!! And then the doctor is like “No you fool. That’s not the problem. Cut out the caffeine and stress cause you’re going to kill yourself if you don’t and the palpitations will stop too”.

So first find and take care of the underlying problem.

2 years ago they found I had Bradycardia, while sleeping my heart will beat below 30 bpm at times during a few minutes at the time …

Yea, seriously, you should get yourself to a cardiovascular specialist. Maybe even go to your home country and get it done.
I’m assuming you’re not a youngin and therefore want to be a bit more proactive.

I just googled it myself and it seems that it says only the worst of cases require a heart transplant. It seems that many cases respond to the medications.

Wish you well, and try not to worry, because as the saying goes, worry and high stress won’t even add a second to your life span. These are words that I need to learn to follow as well. :slight_smile:

[quote=“Belgian Pie”]It’s like … go home and deal with it by yourself … oh, BTW, here’re some meds because it makes us money …

I just would like to know if I can still run up the mountain with my dogs or just need to slow walk … how far can I strain my heart without dropping dead on the spot …

I kind of knew I had a ‘special’ heart … this early morning my HB was 48bpm … later at the doc’s it was 58 … after having walked up the mountain.[/quote]

My heart always beats faster when I visit a doctor because they make me nervous.

I hope you get over your breading problem, because you make good bread and we don’t want to lose a good bread maker around here. Take care of yourself. I hope you don’t take too much heed of medical or non-medical advice but make up your own mind about it. It’s been real hot lately and you work hard and ain’t getting younger. When was the last time you had a nice little relaxing vacation?

take care of yourself best you can with eating the right foods and abstaining from the wrong stuff, see a specialist. Your heart rate seems lower then normal which may necessitate (not a doc here) a pace maker?

I had stress induced (living in taiwan) irregular heartbeat for years on the wan. Saw a specialist who told me my chances of going away permanently are more then 4 times normal because of that. My heart would go from 50s to 90s to 50s all during the day. I only felt good when at times it stayed around the 80s.

years of valium on the wan and ten years in calif im fine now and my resting heart rate is in the 70s.

see a specialist and get the right treatment and monitoring you need.

BP: don’t ask for advice about a cardiovascular problem on the net. Go to a frikken doctor fer chrissakes man.

Anyway, at least it’s not an enlarged left testicle. that would be really weird.

[quote=“Charlie Phillips”][quote=“Belgian Pie”]It’s like … go home and deal with it by yourself … oh, BTW, here’re some meds because it makes us money …
I just would like to know if I can still run up the mountain with my dogs or just need to slow walk … how far can I strain my heart without dropping dead on the spot …
I kind of knew I had a ‘special’ heart … this early morning my HB was 48bpm … later at the doc’s it was 58 … after having walked up the mountain.[/quote]
My heart always beats faster when I visit a doctor because they make me nervous. [/quote]Charlie P -
There is an actual medical term for that issue - “White Coat Syndrome.” Blood pressure tests should always be doe at the end of a visit because of it. Allow your BP (not your pie) to lower a bit.

Belgian Pie -
Do see at least 3 more Drs about this. Also, how are your blood pressure numbers? Both systolic and diastolic?
The heart rate you mention is low…even for a long-distance runner. You would be wise to see about your blood pressure numbers. Might reveal something.
Any numbness in the arms or fingers? Regular, daily, aerobic exercise with deep slow breathing is quite helpful with possible circulatory issues. For various reasons, we all get less circulation of the blood to the arms, legs, fingers, etc.
I can’t really speak to the enlarged heart bit…just see several Drs who have experience with that specific thing. And make damn sure you can communicate with them. Language differences regarding medical things can be a bitch.

I had a particularly bad situation yesterday with a simple eye examination. Do make sure you are both understanding what the hell is being said.

All the best…The World Needs More Pie!

Thanks for your answers:

I didn’t really work for a while now or made bread, had a 2 month ‘vacation’ to Belgium and two weeks to China … anyways, I’m thinking about and discussing a new venture, hopefully soon.

I had and got the high BP for while (after all the nonsense with the previous business) … but that leveled out now so far that I don’t need meds in fact. The meds actually gave me some side effects too.

The difficulty breathing started on Sunday, but I suspected it was the heat and humidity and maybe a summer cold. Until my GP did a ECG.

I walk and run 3 km every morning with my dogs and try to eat healthy mostly. But yeah, the low HBR I remember having for many years every time I started working out seriously. I have to admit I’m a little overweight at the moment but am working on that for some time. The last few years were tough, work and no real relaxing.

The person that examined me was the ER doctor (one of them), but what I don’t get is that he does not tell me to see a cardiologist. At least for more information on the matter, or eventually more tests and find the cause of the problem.

As soon as my wife returns from China I’ll pursue the problem, I’ll be good I guess with the drugs for now. BP is low and good, HBR is low too …

I hope it won’t interfere with my application for my PARC.

Of course it won’t. They want to know if you have leprosy or AIDS, those are the deal breakers.

My mother has enlarged heart due to rheumatic fever, still going on strong. Go to an specialist, I reccomend Shinkong Hospital.