22 years ago I had my first heart valve replacement. Endocarditis another valve replacement. Bouts of Atrial fibrillation, Super ventricular fibrillation and a ICD implant. I thought I was going to live a long life. Since the second valve replacement I have had Atrial flutter and have been 100% ventricular paced. This has not been a problem except when trying do short high physical Jobs. Life has been good but last week I have found out that my heart is not coping and I am in heart failure. Both my aortic and mitral values have mild regurgitation and a global hypokinesis with severe left ventricular systolic impairment. These where detected by an echocardiogram I had in July. The bad part is that I only got to know because my GP sent me a letter to collect an extra prescription. I asked what it was about and they gave me a copy of the letter the consultant had sent them.
I swim regularly 2 to 3 miles a week but am worried that this might be shortening my life. I have a young 8 year old son and want to do so much with him whilst I have the energy. Does anybody know if exercise is a help or a hinderance? I have taken it as a reality check but I am now very scared that I have not got long left.