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cardiomyopathy??? (please answer) =]

Hey so im 38 weeks pregnant and have cardiomyopathy stage 1 from what i have overheard mainly what the echo person was saying...
im on carvidalol 12.5mg twice a day
My EF was 45% but went up to 50% after being on the medication =]
my question is i always have weird pain in the chest have to been to the hospital and doctors numorus amounts of times thinking something was wrong!
its like sharp pains in the chest and a sharp throbbing pain in my upper back...?
its 38 degrees here today and i have had this pain pretty much all day and i always get it at bed time when i lay down.
any thoughts on what this might be theres been no changes in my heart =] so thats a positve but every time i get it i stress out thinking the worst of everything...
thankyou for your time =]
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Chest pain can be a symptom of a number of conditions. Even though it may be determined that the pain is non-cardiac , need a doctor to tell you what he think it could be from. You were right about going to the hospital.
Stress itself can be the reason for sharp pain. Sharp pain not likely from cardiomyopathy. You should ask your doctors and tell what you overheard and that you need an answer: his opinion.
Your EF is OK now, I would not worry much in your place. After your baby will be born all will go back to normal as much as I know about that kind of cardiomyopathy in pregnancy.

Get some relaxing music on! All will be all right!
Best to you and the baby!
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Your profile says you are male, yet you are 38 weeks pregnant. Science sure has come a long way :)
Congrats on your baby.
Cardiomyopathy can occur during the late stages of pregnancy, because your heart is doing so much more work. Medication and bed rest are the usual remedies. Although very rare, I was reading your post and beginning to think it was peripartum cardiomyopathy. If your EF has raised by that considerable amount then I doubt if this is the case, which is a big relief.
Are you drinking enough fluids in all that heat?
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I'm not a health professional, so keep that in mind as you read my post.

Whenever I have a  heart procedure, such as an echo, I request that I receive a written procedure report.  You are entitled to receive it.  When you receive it, post it on this site, there are people capable of explain the results of the test to you.  

That being said, sharp pains aren't normally cardiac in nature, and a 50% EF is normal.  If I were in your shoes, I'd ask for the procedure report, then discuss with your doctor why you are taking carvidalol.  It's a very potent drug.
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I'm getting confused. I thought that the EF was dropping and the medication was given to help it to rise again, which it did? back to 50% so far.
You know, sharp pains are commonly associated with cardiomyopathy, especially as the heart muscle thickens. The pain can become acute, like severe angina pectoris. Pains are more common when a sufferer is laying flat, and they find breathing more difficult. The medication seems to be working great, so whatever it is, it seems to be improving.
Did you only start to get pains when you got pregnant? or did you have them before that?
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Heyy all thankx for the reply and lol im not that talanted i am i female will have to fix the profile up haha... to my understanding im on carvidalol as a precaution as it can stop something nasty from happening =]
my EF was 45% 4 weeks ago and after a week and a bit of taking Carvidalol it went up to 50% all my bloods are normal... =]
i asked the doctors last week about the carvidalol as i never had chest pain until i started taking it...
and i dont think its peripartum cardiomyopathy as i would be on heaps more medication and would be in hospital and im fairly sure my EF would be bad perhaps they caught it in the nick of time and thats good news for me but im also extreamly obese 170kg's sooo they cant really determine if its weight related cardiomyopothy.... all i have been told is chances are that once i have the baby i have to be under strict watch because something about my blood levels freak out and try and go back to normal but if my body's playing funny buggas i could get fluid on the lungs? correct me if im wrong... =]
i guess you read up on all the worst case scenarios and i am just one of those people who slip into deep depression thinking im not going to be around for my babys =]
also just wondering people with heart issues can you suggest any healthy eating plans i have alot of work to do if im gunna get this ticker of mine back to a normal level being 23 i know i can do it just lack the guidance =]
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I will keep that in mind when i have my next echo i wasnt aware that i was allowed to have my report lol bit silly of me considering its my heart there looking at =]
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Here in the UK we have dieticians who work with cardiology departments, and they take any opportunity to swoop in and start nagging you about different foods. I remember being in a ward once, eating some chocolate biscuits. She swooped in like a vulture and lectured me on crap food. Funny thing is, afterwards I realised I was still munching through the biscuits while she was talking to me. She basically said I have to become a chimp, and my wife said "no change there then" :(  Lots of fruit/veg and a few nuts. We are made from things of the ground which plants suck up, giving us all we need, even calcium and protein. Did I stick to it? no. I gave up when I built a treehouse and made a bed out of leaves. No, seriously, I'm a chocoholic. I cut out the takeaways and have very little red meat tho. Being ozzie, I'm sure you have a great supply of fresh fish?  fantastic for the body, full of those luvly omega oil thingies. Regular exercise is also beneficial, but not in 38 degrees, I would go to an air conditioned gym.
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170 kilos that 347 pounds. You have a job to do. I don’t think you would go to any gym, but I might be wrong and people go with that amounts of kilos. I've never been in a gym, so I don’t know.

Keep it in mind you must exercise as much as you can, until your tears drops, dance in your home, wash the floor twice a day ,aerobic is the best ,start with the easiest moves ,but not for a few minutes  just  keep doing it again and again move move move until you can. Eating very small portions helps, whatever you eat cut it half. If you starve and so want to eat something eat it, but just a bite, just a tin slice.

  As my smart nurse friend used to say: no rocket science, one need to burn more calories a day  than he/she consume.
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My take on this: 370# (not 347#) and being pregnant - back pain is entirely normal. And an EF of 50% is the same as mine and nobody is concerned about it - also normal.
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Thanks for the correction. You were closer. :)
170 kilograms = 374.785846 pounds

Being pregnant add a lot, but near not that much. Weight gains in pregnancy as I remember between 10-15 kilos are. For me that was about 10 kilos first over 15 kilos the second time. And both my babies were big babies.

Yes I had back pain also you right it is normal.

With my 50% EF they never even give me an Echo anymore. Good!
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