me. I am 42 yrs, 6 ft. 145lbs. I am a landscape maintenance contractor. I am a competitive athlete in mt biking, and climbing. I am very active. Now a time line: in 2010 complained of mild dizziness and vertigo. analysis, possibly a result of water in the inner ear. in 2011 neck injury and small nerve damage.(comes and goes both hands, first three fingers go numb) . in 2011 still experiencing dizziness and vertigo (mild). In February 2012 had a small ischemic stroke.(paralysis for 20 min. no lasting effects) In ER miss diagnosis, CT scan was only taken, showing a nasal infection. I pushed for an MRI, 2 months later, results showed the stroke and the resulting tests showed a low EF of 35 to 45%. The cardiologist wants to start me on beta blockers. Now 2 weeks later I have not yet taken any meds. until I have a second opinion, scheduled in 8 more days. I feel that the symptoms are being treated not the cause.
My question is, what may have caused the stroke and why might my heart be failing even when i am still at a high level of activity. riding, surfing, climbing, etc. Should i continue , slow down, or stop?......I still feel good after a ride!