After a diagnosis of high blood pressure follow up tests showed I had mild LVH.Everything I have read online has been very disturbing but my GP seems unconcerned and the hospital doctors didn't seem to be either.I would like to hear from others affected by this to get a more realistic view of what I am facing.Thanks.
LVH what does this mean for me? - High Blood Pressu...
Oh ok, yes I have that, a thickened heart wall as a result of valve stenosis increasing blood pressure. Doctor wasn’t worried about that aspect of my heart and just encouraged me to take care of myself so it doesn’t get worse too quickly.
And after a lifetime of normal BP mine suddenly shot up. With lifestyle changes I’ve got it down to just above normal - have you tried that?
I'm on ramipril and amlodipine and I've totally overhauled my diet.I've lost almost three stone already.I'm afraid this diagnosis has really triggered anxiety and depression in me as it was so out of the blue.I'm 55 and I foolishly thought I'd be OK for a while longer although I see so many younger than me on this site. What's happening with regard to the stenosis?
Well that’s a great start! And you have time to turn your life around so keep going. Are you managing to do any exercise? That's really helped me.
Have you talked to your GP about anxiety/depression as talking to someone might really help? Some GPs will refer you for a course of counselling.
As for the stenosis it hasn’t got worse in 2 years so nobody is that concerned. Instead I possibly have problems with arteries, so waiting for an angiogram to check that out.
I have applied for CBT therapy and I have been walking.I've also bought an exercise bike.Thing is I get a burning side effect in my chest and arms.At least, I've been checked at A&E and they say it's a side effect.
Gets me really worried though as I had no chest discomfort at all prior to my diagnosis. That's pulling me down too as I rarely get a good night's sleep.