Signs of heart failure?

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I'll start off in March of 2017, I was resting at home and out of no where I started to notice my heart beat more than in the past. It felt as if it was getting harder and harder, so of course I panic, and drive myself to the E.R. I tell them I think I'm having a heart attack (btw I'm almost 21 at this point, 6'2 195 male, went to the gym 6 days out of the week, and never had any medical conditions.) So they check my blood pressure, run an EKG on me, and both came back fine. They put me in a bed and take some blood samples, and the tests they ran on my blood came back fine as well. So they did not officially rule it as a panic attack on paper, but they were saying that was most likely I was dealing with. Ever since then, it's never been the same. Certain things I watch make me uneasy at times, and sometimes it gets hard to breathe, especially laying down. It's rare, but once in a while I'll jolt myself awake as I'm about to go to sleep because I don't feel myself breathing (if that makes sense?) Did some research and I came across sleep apnea. Then that was related to possibly heart failure. So now I'm worried that I might have that, since due to HF, fluids are stored in the lungs, making it harder to breathe. As far as I know, I don't have heart failure running through either side of my family. I'm still very active, go to the gym, and play basketball 3 or 4 times a week. So is it possible for a 22 year old male to have either apnea or heart failure at this age? I will greatly appreciate any answers. Thank you so much for those who have taken the time to read all this.

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    Highly unlikely you have heart failure. 

    Husband has heart failure, & left branch bundle block, originally that is 7 years ago.

    Symptoms, would appear to fall asleep just sitting down watching TV after work, I never considered it anything serious, until one day he just passed out on the floor, sweating up a storm while he was doing nothing, cool April Day, and very agitated and angry with me when I suggested I ring the ambulance service to check him out.  

    Diagnoses of that first episode, congestive heart failure, drained his lungs of fluid by giving him medication and as ankles were not swollen, symptom, discharged to following morning with no follow up from our local hospital.

    Nurses said to me drive him across town to the heart hospital, as he is not well, they were so concerned that's exactly what I did, they kept him eight days, while they checked him out, x-ray, echocardiogram, cat scan's, MRI's, and lung function tests, he has enlarged left ventricle, 23% ejection fraction, lung function off the scale of their ability to read it, he has enormous lung function. 

    Diagnoses came back as suggested multiple plaque in arteries of heart muscle, angiogram the following day, found he had no blockages, then diagnoses became cause unknown, yes there is a medical term for it, only thing they could suggest was a virus, oh by the way he was 59 when this happened, now 66, since had pacemaker and defib installed to stablise his heart as he has gone on the develop 100% branch bundle block. 

    Saw pacemaker team a few days ago, very happy with how he is going, echo and cardio specialist appt in the beginning of July, will see what they have to say then, he is presently a little overweight, but no sudden changes in weight, another heart failure symptom, retaining water makes for weight changes.


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      Wow I'm really sorry that happened to him, I'm glad he's ok now. I guess I'm just being paranoid


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