Heart Failure - No Symptoms
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.