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Vasodilators and being a "worrywort"


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  • Vasodilators and being a "worrywort"

    are Vasodilators a pretty common med for treating CHF? I was just reading about the wonderful effects it has for treatment..dilates blood vessels, which in turn increase blood flow. I've been feeling pretty good since my very first episode of CHF, but have been feeling tired lately. (maybe due to the long , boring winter!)...don't necessarily get out of breath, but just feel tired. Going to see a specialist on March 4. Maybe I'm dwelling on this too much... that's me, Miss Worrywort. My husband is being more positive about this whole ordeal. I had to drop my wonderful HMO recently (in the middle of this) and had to start with a new doctor who doesn't know me from adam. Just saw him once and gave him the rundown. I always felt "taken care of" with my HMO. My husband is away for a week and I feel anxious about being alone...when I lay down and it's quiet, I can feel myself fixating on every heartbeat (every time it does a little "flip-flop" I start to fixate. thanks for listenng! just had to vent
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I know how scary it can be when you are alone and your heart is doing funny things. Most are just par for the course. Any tachycardia over 100 bpm or chest pains that last 20 min or longer are signs you need to call the doctor.

    CHF in HCMers is tricky as they do give you vasodialators, which you usually don't want to give to people with just HCM. However, they work well for CHF.

    Hang in there and know we are all here for you.

    Glad you are feeling better.


    • #3
      Specialist, Specialist, Specialist.... have you seen one yet??
      This is a fine line and one that can be very dangerous if crossed. BE CAREFUL and make sure your doctor knows his HCM liturature very well...or get to a specialist.
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


      • #4
        Yes, I am seeing a Dr. Udelson at the New England Medical Center in Boston who specializes in HCM. I hear the team there are very good
        \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

        Ralph Waldo Emerson


        • #5
          I meant to say, that I will be seeing Dr. Udelson on the 4th of March. Haven't meant him but heard of him
          \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

          Ralph Waldo Emerson


          • #6

            Dear Cyn,

            Great team, you will be well taken care of.

            keep us posted,