Left Bundle Branch Block

Posted by Mern @mern, Oct 4, 2019

The past 7 years I have dealt with serious health issues, cervical fusion, RA, Barrett’s Esophagus with dysplasia, CSF leak from ruptured peri neural cysts, major spinal surgery to treat the leaks. I continue to have right sided pressure. In June I failed a pre-op EKG. I was diagnosed with LBBB. I have seen a cardiologist who advised “wait and watch.” He prescribed no medication. My pulse ranges from 39 to 112, O2 sats 89-96. Some days are OK and I stay in the high 40s – 105. I struggle to be active, but my “active” is a far cry from myself 7 years ago. I will see the cardiologist in 4 weeks. I want to treat the LBBB; it’s exhausting. Any advice is welcome.

@penn1023

I already am on ace and BB. Scheduled to have echo in the next months.

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My Echo is next week.

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I am inquiring if anyone had a medical stress test as part of the LBBB work up? It is part of a PET Scan

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@sharonp51

I am inquiring if anyone had a medical stress test as part of the LBBB work up? It is part of a PET Scan

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@sharonp51 Hello Sharon,

I've had a diagnosis of LBBB for well over 25 years now. I take it this must be a new diagnosis for you? Have you previously had heart problems prior to this diagnosis?

I'll be glad to share more about my own experiences. However, from the cardiologists I have seen, I get the impression that this is not a serious diagnosis. What have you been told?

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@hopeful33250

@sharonp51 Hello Sharon,

I've had a diagnosis of LBBB for well over 25 years now. I take it this must be a new diagnosis for you? Have you previously had heart problems prior to this diagnosis?

I'll be glad to share more about my own experiences. However, from the cardiologists I have seen, I get the impression that this is not a serious diagnosis. What have you been told?

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Hello, yes this a new diagnosis. A little nervous because I have 2 family members with pacemakers, I am not sure if this is genetic. Dr upped my BP meds and ordered Holter, Echo, and a PET dress test
I have appointments for these, however, since my BP med was increased, I do feel better.
My EKG in December was normal and not showing LBBB

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@hopeful33250

@sharonp51 Hello Sharon,

I've had a diagnosis of LBBB for well over 25 years now. I take it this must be a new diagnosis for you? Have you previously had heart problems prior to this diagnosis?

I'll be glad to share more about my own experiences. However, from the cardiologists I have seen, I get the impression that this is not a serious diagnosis. What have you been told?

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I just replied, I don’t where the post went to??

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@sharonp51

I just replied, I don’t where the post went to??

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Hi @sharonp51, your reply shows up at the end of the discussion. All posts are listed in chronological order, in other words Oldest to Newest. This article helps explain:
– Replies and @mentions: How do I know who is replying to whom? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/replies-and-mentions-how-do-i-know-who-is-replying-to-whom/

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@sharonp51

Hello, yes this a new diagnosis. A little nervous because I have 2 family members with pacemakers, I am not sure if this is genetic. Dr upped my BP meds and ordered Holter, Echo, and a PET dress test
I have appointments for these, however, since my BP med was increased, I do feel better.
My EKG in December was normal and not showing LBBB

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@sharonp51 It would be good to wait until you have the other tests and see what the results are. It does sound like your doctor is following up with good diagnostic tests in order to get a picture of your heart functioning. It may not be anything serious and it is always best not to cross any bridges until you come to them. You said that a BP dose was increased and that you feel better. Which BP drug was this?

You mentioned that your follow up tests are scheduled already. Will they be done in the next few weeks?

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@hopeful33250

@sharonp51 It would be good to wait until you have the other tests and see what the results are. It does sound like your doctor is following up with good diagnostic tests in order to get a picture of your heart functioning. It may not be anything serious and it is always best not to cross any bridges until you come to them. You said that a BP dose was increased and that you feel better. Which BP drug was this?

You mentioned that your follow up tests are scheduled already. Will they be done in the next few weeks?

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Hi. The medication is Lisinopril. I have had 1 follow up test and awaiting the other 2. I feel much better with the increase in Lisinopril. Hoping that’s all I need. !

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Hi @sharonp51,
I'm glad to see that your Lisinopril was increased and that you feel better. Lisinopril is an ACE Inhibitor and is used for disorders such as this. I've also taken an ACE Inhibitor (Enaparil) for a number of years and have had periodic increases in dosage. It really helps to relax your veins and arteries Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website about this type of drug, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/ace-inhibitors/art-20047480.

When will your follow up tests be done?

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@hopeful33250

Hi @sharonp51,
I'm glad to see that your Lisinopril was increased and that you feel better. Lisinopril is an ACE Inhibitor and is used for disorders such as this. I've also taken an ACE Inhibitor (Enaparil) for a number of years and have had periodic increases in dosage. It really helps to relax your veins and arteries Here is some information from Mayo Clinic's website about this type of drug, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/ace-inhibitors/art-20047480.

When will your follow up tests be done?

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One test is the end of the week and the other is Sept 9. That was the earliest I could get. I can post when I have results. In the meantime, feeling better. Thanks

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@sharonp51

One test is the end of the week and the other is Sept 9. That was the earliest I could get. I can post when I have results. In the meantime, feeling better. Thanks

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That all sounds good, @sharonp51. I'll look forward to hearing from you after you get the results of your tests. In the meantime, enjoy feeling better!

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@hopeful33250

That all sounds good, @sharonp51. I'll look forward to hearing from you after you get the results of your tests. In the meantime, enjoy feeling better!

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My Echo and PET stress test came back essentially negative !!! I am so relieved! My follow up is in 6 months. Looks like the increase in medication did the trick with the LBBB. Thank you all for your support

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