Heart Failure - No Symptoms

Posted by poppy0344 @poppy0344, Feb 18, 2020

I was recently diagnosed with "NYHA class 1 heart failure with reduced ejection fraction". I had just completed an EKG and stress test. I am white maile and will be 76 next month. I take no medication. I walk a couple of miles 3 or 4 times per week. I am 5'7' and weigh 138 lbs. I don't smoke (quit 1967). I don't drink alcohol (quit about 10 years ago). I don't use caffeine (quit about 5 years ago). I hunt feral hogs once a week and walk 4-6 miles up and down hills. In most recent hunt 5.1 miles @ 0.9 mph, my max heart rate was 176 BPM. No symptoms at all. No symptoms at any time. I have been taking my blood pressure daily for several years. I have calibrated my blood pressure device with my doctors device. My blood pressure average is 123/80. It varies from 140/90 (very unusual) to 109/70 after exercise. My cardiologist recommended beta blockers. I declined since I have no symptoms. I will very much appreciate hearing any thoughts anyone may have. Thanks you.

The only tests I have had are EKG and Stress test. I had one of each last year and this year. There was no mention of a scar.

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@poppy0344

The only tests I have had are EKG and Stress test. I had one of each last year and this year. There was no mention of a scar.

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I think when there is a heart attack there is sometimes a scar and MRI would show it.

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@poppy0344

The only tests I have had are EKG and Stress test. I had one of each last year and this year. There was no mention of a scar.

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@poppy0344

It could be that @penn1023 is suggesting that a scar might only show up on an MRI. It would be a good question to ask your cardiologist, just to see if that is the case. I'm not familiar with heart MRIs. Have you had a CT scan of your heart? This would show any calcifications in the heart and you would also know what your calcium score is.

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Thanks, I will check it out with the cardiologist.

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Thanks penn1023, I will check it out with the cardiologist.

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