Hi everyone, I have just joined this forum and find it immensely valuable. I am 51 and am now on my fourth icd/pacemaker as I was born with a hole in the heart and had SVT 15 years ago. All was well until early August when I was admitted to hospital for severe abdominal pain. It turned out to be infarcations on my spleen and kidney brought on by AF. I was put on eliquis/apaxiban to help prevent future clotting.
I saw my cardiologist a few weeks later and he did an echo and ecg. My EF was down slightly at just below 50% and my ecg was normal (for me!).
Anyway I have not been feeling right - inability to concentrate, loss of appetite, light headed, trouble staying asleep, shaking/tremors when I wake up - basically, general malaise. Both my cardiologist and gp have put it down to depression/anxiety after the shock of the infarcts.
I have had all sorts of blood tests and it seems I might have a mildly overactive thyroid. I’ve got to go back in a month for more tests. I have been on various other medications - bisoprolol, amlodopine, moduret and olmersatan - to control blood pressure and lower heart rate for years. I’ve noticed my bp has fallen recently (from around 130/80 to a low of around 100/60) which helps to explain the light headedness. Neither my cardiologist or gp were concerned by this.
What I can’t get my head around is just how debilitated I feel. Its almost a constant sense of malaise and its a real struggle to get on with the day. Strangely, though, ive noticed I tend to feel a lot better in the evening. Everyone is telling me it’s depression but I can’t let go of the idea if may be my heart as I am aware of a mild discomfort in my chest (possibly due to pacing) and occasionally get a tingling sensation in my left wrist and a tingling flush in my arms, shoulders and face.
I would be very grateful to know whether anyone recognises these symptoms - particularly the improvement in the evening. I am not short of breath or particularly tired, and don’t have any swelling in my legs or ankles but the general malaise is showing no signs of easing.