EDIT I wanted to edit my answer in order to provide somebody with cardiac arrest hope that life is not over for them.
My ef dropped to less than 17%at one point and I was offered no more than 6 months to live and told I might drop dead any minute. I enjoy to inform you all that after taking my meds as recommended, watching my diet, and remaining active, (the heart is a muscle and should be worked out) and a true desire to live a life worth living, I recently got the outcomes of my newest EKG. My heart is now operating at 55%, regular is 50–60%. There is no leaky valves, my heart looks healthy, and is operating usually. end of edit *
I have no idea of life expectency but my heart is functioning at 20%and has actually been for a number of years.
I had a heart attack in 2011 and although I drove myself to emergency situation and they confirmed I was having a cardiac arrest I didn’t receine proper medical attention later on. At that time my heart function was around 24%
I felt great. I do not look like a typical cardiac arrest victim, I had a really physical task, I was slim, and was back to work one week later on. My GP stated I didn’t need to take any heart medications and never followed up. I felt fantastic so didn’t worry about it.
One year later on I had cardiac arrest. Swollen feet, feeling like I was drowning if I set and so on. My GP still did not do anything. I wound up driving myself to the hospital after nights of not sleeping.
After that I had a cardiologist read me the riot act and prescribe heart medications. I changed my diet plan, low salt, etc. I was feeling respectable however passed out one day so went back to cardiologist.
He quadrupled among my medications, stated I could drop dead any minute and made me get a pacemaker/defibrillator.
They were able to hook up the defibrillator part however could not get the pacemaker wire connected. They sent me house and said to recover and they would attempt again.
I was in pain, had NO energy, I wanted to die, life was unworthy living. I had horrible discomfort in my ribs, couldn’t keep any food in me, could not even stroll up 6 steps. I utilized to be able to walk miles and some days I had to craw to the bathroom.
They tried once again to link the pacemaker. A 45 minute treatment took 4 hours and they still didn’t get it linked. 4 cardiologists and an overall of 8 hours and it was still not attached.
I declined to let them touch me once again. I kept informing them how sick I was and the pain was worsening.
Finally!! I got to talk with a cardiologist that listened to me. I had actually already cut down on my medications due to the fact that I didn’t care if I died. I couldn’t live that way.
He prescribed a different medication and I had practically instant improvement. I believe the year of taking the wrong medicaton did damage to my heart and I had a heart attack the same week they altered my meds. My implanted defibrillator conserved my life.
From the time they implanted the defibrillator to the cardiac arrest was 8 months and I had 84 episodes where the defibrillator administered a shock. They altered my meds and I have had no episodes considering that.
It ends up the pain was from ribs they moved while attempting to hook up the pacemaker. A chiropractic specialist fixed that.
My heart is still working at 20%however I am now strolling at least a mile on hilly terrain. I have the ability to live my life. I want to live!
I am59 I hope I live a minimum of a decade. To see my grand child graduate.
Sorry for the length of my remark but I desired people to question their medical professionals and if a medication does not appear to be working don’t let them tell you it’s all in your head or there is absolutely nothing else you can take. Carvidilol is the medications I couldn’t endure. It is great for some people but with others it in fact does more damage.
I want to apologize for everybody who asked me questions and I didn’t respond. For some reason I never got notice there were questions up until today when Stanley asked his question and I happened to go back and saw the others.
I will inform you exactly what I am on.
Spironlactone 25 mg
Furosemide 40 mg 1– 2 xs a day
Bisoprolol 10 mg
Lancora Ivabradine 5 mg 2 x’s a day
Entresto 49/51 mg twice a day. They tried increasing it and my BP dropped so low I had no energy at all. Entresto contains 48.6 mg sacubitril and 51.4 mg valsartan.
Like I said earlier, on carvidilol I could not do 6 steps. A few weeks ago I did 75 stairs without stopping, in the middle of a mile long walk.