Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Reduced Ejection Fraction
So I will start by telling you how I came to find out about my heart condition. I am a recovering addict, and my drugs of choice were heroin and cocaine. In 2016, I was hospitalized for an abnormal heart rhythm, and a couple of weeks later I went to see my cardiologist. He told me I had a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.
At the time I blew it off and didn't start taking the meds. Then in 2021, I had an echocardiogram done, and my ejection fraction was at 42%. That is a little low but not a big concern. Then in September 2022, I repeated the echocardiogram. My EF was 25%, and the walls of my heart were pumping very poorly. My doctor put me on lisinopril and metropolol, and now my EF is at 20%.
My biggest question is, is there anyone out there who has a story like mine? What happened to you? What's going to happen to me? My cardiologist is horrible at answering questions or helping me, so any answers would be very appreciated!
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