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13 weeks ago i had a bad chest infection and pneumonia i have been slowly recovering 6 weeksago my feet andlegs began to swell now i am waiting to go for a heart scan breathless all the time i am at theminute taking 40 breathes per minute am exhausted legs and feet really swollen blood pressure is raised  oxygen level was 96 at Doctors on Thurs i am getting really worried now feel shocking but dont want to scare my hubby as he suffers with anxiety x

 

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    Hi just read your blog sorry to hear. i cant help but will think of you all the bnnest and im sure things will work out for the better
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    Are you thinking about heart failure? I don't think your symptoms would be so sudden after 3 months of pneumonia onset but I could be wrong.

    Ps: you could still have a normal ejection rate of heart and still have HF, if your ejection rate is lower than a certain percentage it's pretty much confirmed. I am confident you will be fine !! Let us know!!!

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      Thankyou Lidia yes i was thinking heart failure which is worrying but i have had a breathlessness for years its a bit of a joke at work when i go upstairs they know its me as they can hear me breathing. it has taken this last bout of a bad chest to bring it to the forefront and brought it to the doctors attention . they did say 3 months ago my heart was ok size wise dont no how they have measured it. i feel more that i have somthing stuck in my throat which i have told doctors on many occassions and the reply is because it is my upper chest and bronichal i am really confused. i will be glad once i have had the scan if nothing wrong there i will be referred to respitory doctors so may find something out eventually x

       

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      Hele,

      I am in your situation but my heart failure symptoms have been brought up by a viral infection I had 2 years ago, now after 2 years I have swollen ankles ( not all the time) chronic cough, fatigue a shortness of breath. My cardiologist after doing an echo said I had a leaky aeortic valve but said no HF. Well I don't buy it so I am going to see a second cardiologist in August. I also put on 10 pound of liquid, my weight can fluctuate between 5 pounds between a day and the next. My ejection rate was normal.

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      oh dear i had a viral infection at start of all this i feel like michelin man blown up all over today i feel like i am going to burst and breathing is very rapid 37 to 41 breathes per minute i will be going back to doctors tomorrow though as i am shattered with breathing keep having naps which is not me at all x
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      my feet ankles legs stomach and sometimes hands are swollen its legs feet and stomach thats the problem dont go down much through the night then as soon as im up they start again makes it hard for me to sit or do anything x

       

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      Do they have an idea if it's heart related or kidney related? Are the water tablets helping? Do you see a cardiologist? I have same thing, my feet and hands swell and tingle too at times, I look 6 months pregnant, my symptoms are heart related or circulatory, also my shins get shiny when swollen and when they go down my skin is super scaly. What is your doc thinking then?

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      exactly same symptoms has you lidia and my doc thinks cardiac related the fluid on lungs may be because of the exessive fluid i am not sure im hoping its not pneumonia again but im sure if it was the doctor would have given me tablets for that and he didnt. one reason could be when i had pneumonia weeks ago i had alot of steroids and these cause your kidneys to play up a bit so you retain fluid also makes your heart work harder i think its heart lungs and kidneys work together im sure i will be ok soon x

       

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      Helen

      I think if he thought it was heart failure he would have referred you to a cardiologist. I will have my second opinion appointment with the new cardiologist as I fear I might have it, I also have a persistent cough, so all point to

      cardiac failure 😔

      I sure do hope I am wrong as that diagnosis is definitely scary!!

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      i have been referred to a cardiologist for a heart scan Lidia i think most of the problems are just a knock on effect from being so ill in April i am not very good with tablets either anything stronger than paracetamol are too strong even the water tablets i am taking make me nauseas but think they may be working a bit i still have awful back pain when standing or walking but need to push myself as sitting around makes me worse with swelling etx i just take things slowly and am hoping for the best results x

       

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    Think positive and have you been doing any exercise latley. it might be that as well
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      Best way Martin think positive no not done any exercise at all just been taking things easy but seemed to slip backwards 2 week ago hopefull back on the up rd again x

       

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    Hi Helen. Good to see you are relaxing. I had chest pains short while ago and  thought the worst as we all do. I was doing some exercise like pull ups while i was working. i have stopped that and things have eased off. just about gone but also have started drinking green tea and make a lemon drink to take to work to help make any pleygm go. i dont know if any of this will hel. keep your head up
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      i have been taking the water tablets a week now not much improvement still cant stand for long periods ar walk mor than a few yard before the back ache starts my breathing is still short beathes ankles legs and torso very swollen still and i have the feeling i have a scarf round my neck at times again x

       

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      I am still the same still taking water tablets 2 weeks ago spent overnight in hospital with chest pains breathless still unable to walk far. my kidneys are fine they thought it was underactive thyroid that now has been ruled out. i saw a cardiologist end of August he referred me for echogram which i have had this morning they said there is nothing major shown up and the cardiologist will be in touch with the results in around a weeks time. i have had 3 ecg chest xrays blood tests waiting to have a 24 hr ecg and go on treadmill. ecg showed abnormalities but thats all ive been told so far getting quite depressed at minute due to not being mobile and putting 2 stone in weight on x i am eating pretty healthy and cut down to see if that helps x

       

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