I am new on here after a recent and very unexpected diagnosis of Heart Failure.
I was sent for an ECG to be safe during a pre op assessment for some minor day surgery when I complained about tingling arm and tight painful chest. Been told for decades it was stress/anxiety related so wasn't concerned.
I had tried to get fit last few years, running 5K several times a week, but could never figure why I was not getting faster, just out of breath... now I know!
The test showed abnormalities as did 2 previous which were flagged 'further investigation' but not done. Within 2 weeks I had an Echo and another week later was medicated for Left Ventricular Dysfunction.
First drug, Enalapril, caused dairy intolerant me to get very ill so was changed to Ramipril 2.5mg. Two weeks in and on 5mg daily but feeling awful, dizzy, light headed, off balance, have whooshing in my ears, bloated and lost sense of taste.
On Monday was told to take tablet at night to see if this helped but by last night some 38 hours from last dose I was feeling so much better, almost back to where I was before being diagnosed and medicated!
I was loathe to restart as I don't want to feel ill for rest of my life - I'm only 45 - but did and now anticipating the side effects once more.