Heart failure occurs as a result of certain risk factors namely coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, abnormal heart valves, smoking, alcohol abuse, sedentary life style, consumption of caffeine, nicotin etc.
Treatment of heart failure is by treating the underlying condition that lead to heart failure, life style changes, surgery if any valvular abnormality present and with drugs.
You should get a lipid profile test done and depending upon the results further treatment options can be analysed. Best.
QUOTE:I had been to the doctors numerous times for shortness of breath and my left foot swelling up and rapid pulse.
>>>>>I never had any symptoms until heart failure (EF below 29%) 6 years ago. I was admitted into ER just based on shortness of breath, dry cough at night when inclined (lung edema) and a heart rate of 115. I was totally shocked to heart I had had a heart attack...thought I had a respiratory problem. I have a totally blocked LAD (has developed other vessels to feed the deficit area) and a stent was implanted in the RCA.
The symptoms you have listed in your post would certainly cause a professional evaluation and tests to rule out a heart problem for the hospital I went. Usually, perpheral edema due to heart failure (EF <30%) would include both legs and abdomen, And I suppose smoking, and lack of exercise can cause shortness of breath and faster than normal heart rate; I don't believe anyone should be turned away with symtoms you had without ruling out a serious condition. Sorry to hear of your misfortune, and I can identify with your symtpms. I wish you better care in the future, and your experienced has not caused serious irreversal harm.
After care from my event has returned my heart to normal size, and is pumping normally.
The only way to handle your situation is to find yourself a new doctor.
Speaking from experience, unless you die from the gross mismanagement of your health by a health professional, there is very little you can do.
There are places on line that have Dr. report cards, where you can go and tell your story about your doctor, and perhaps put a black mark on her record, but other than that the doctor pretty much has all the rights.
And, JFYI, until you're smoking ZERO cigarettes a day, don't expect a cardiologist to do much for you. They just sit on their hands until you totally quit smoking, and get your weight into their model. Good luck.