I have been extremely symptomatic, off and on, for approx 8 years from Regurgitation and a regurtitant jet, which I am concerned is causing an aneurysm in one of the major surrounding vessels (carotid or subclavian?). I have left side weakness and extraordinary pain in my left neck, face, eye and head. I am told my ejection fraction isn’t bad enough to repair the valve yet, despite being close to passing out almost every time I change positions or even squat and stand up. I believe I need further follow up tests do determine the cause of the pain, but I also understand the monetary issues this country deals with in treating patients.
My question is simply, what can I do for exercise which isn’t going to cause me more, or worsen my current problems? I don’t know what I should be taking as far as supplements either. I won’t last until my ejection fraction reaches 50%, I’m having every symptom listed and more, and except hemoptysis. I can’t exert myself much on most days and have a significant increase in pain for days after I have to exert myself much. Does anyone else in a similar position have decent enough insurance to have been told how to proceed with something like this? I was having heart attacks on the job as a paramedic and my ekg with obvious ST-elevation and stress tests showing ischemia haven’t been enough to get anyone to take me seriously….which probably has more to do with my being poor and on Medi-Caid now, than anything, but some advice would be greatly appreciated.