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Comment from: Molly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have always taken very good care of myself, but sometimes it is just in your genes, I guess. I have had atrial fibrillation for four years and a year ago, it became much worse. I had overwhelming fatigue, shortness of breath, edema, and a very erratic pulse. My blood pressure was up and down. I decided to have an ablation. While in the hospital just last week I discovered that I have congestive heart failure. I had suspected it because my father had it and I knew I had the symptoms. I am learning all I can.

Comment from: Dperry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

During a cath procedure, an artery was nicked and I had a massive heart attack. My heart stopped three times. I had a stroke and remained in the hospital for 4 weeks!

Comment from: Desdemona, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I eat a low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet and exercise regularly, yet I have CAD, CHF and A-Fib.

Comment from: JOCOX, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

Only 25% of my heart is functioning properly (pumping).

Comment from: Karen Randall, 65-74 Female Published: June 11

I had congestive heart failure, then I had a pacemaker put in. I moved to Iowa got a new doctor. He turned off my pacemaker off and since then, I have had fluid in my lungs.

Comment from: ali, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

I share common ground with those who recommend daily exercise to improve the symptoms of congestive heart failure. Personally I have extremely benefited from walking, biking and lightweight muscle building. I am always my own doctor when it comes to exercise. I exercise at least five days a week and always listen to my body.

Comment from: lynno, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

My doctor now says my prognosis has improved. I found that daily exercise is important, if not crucial. My work prior to my CHF had been sedentary. After my CHF (2004)I lost 50 lbs suddenly because I simply could not eat. I'm 5'8" and weighed in at 116 lbs! Other issues sent me into deep depression. With medical help I was finally able to get my butt off the couch and take a part-time job with Salvation Army(4 hours/day-5 days/week). I am walking and lifting the entire time. My breathing is much better and my muscle tone has visibly improved. I won't say it wasn't hard at 1st - it was. But I stuck with it and get paid a little for what I'd be paying to do at a health club! Yea!!


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