Over 20 years ago, my father had a sudden diagnosis of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and had a heart transplant at age 45 (my age now). He lived an additional seven years thankfully before his heart gave out.
My question is, should I get tested for it?
I've wondered this in the past, but I'm concerned more now because I have had a chronic cough for over a year and most recently have been getting swelling in my ankles. I have also recently had instances where I've been winded going up my stairs at home. Not a lot, but it's happened a few times.
I also have rheumatoid arthritis and I just had a chest x-ray last week. Rheumatologist said my lungs and heart looked good (no enlargement) or damage from the RA.