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The Women's Room: Left ventricular heart failure diagnosis
I am 42 years of age and after being unwell last year with a totally unrelated issue I have been told that I have left ventricular heart failure by my GP. I am waiting to see the cardiologist in May and I feel like I have been thrown into the wilderness with no information or support at all for either myself or my family. I am scared and I do not know what to do or who to talk to. All I have been told is that I will have to go on medication for the rest of my life and I may have to have surgery. I cannot get an appointment to see the cardiologist until the 9th May, I have already been waiting 3 weeks now and all the information I have been given is don't take Ibruprfofen. Seriously????? Not that this is the big issue but why not? And is there no other advise whilst I am waiting? I have no idea what is going to happen to me and what I should be doing to prevent this developing or even if there is anything I can do. I have been exhausted for years and cough ALL the time and it now appears that heart failure has been the reason. Where do I go from here? Any advise would be gratefully recieved.