I have a question about my heart and if anyone had similar problems to mine. Have not seen a doctor yet to go over my results of some tests. Background: I'm a 33 year old runner and 6 months ago I got a cold, at least I thought I did. I got better but my breathing while running got worse and how long I could run dropped. Sometimes becoming short of breath after 1-3 mins of running. My body would just shut down and I couldn't run.
I went to the doctor and had a BP of 164/114. Did EKG which showed no heart attack, or any rhythm problems but showed enlarged heart. She put me on Metoprolol 25mg and had me do a nuclear stress test 4 days later.
Results of test: Abnormal global wall motion with mild global hypokinesis, EF 45%, Abnormal EKG response to stress test, mild left ventricular dysfunction and mild left ventricular dilation.
After taking the Metoprolol I began to feel better and have been able to run with energy and no breathing problems. Based on the stress test I just had an Echo Doppler. Findings: Normal left ventricular size and function EF 65% Mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy (from being a runner????) Mild left atrial enlargement LVPW thickness 1.1 cm My EF went from 45% to 65% in 23days and the Echo showed no regional wall motion abnormalities. What conditions can improve that quickly? My PA said the only way I could improve my EF is if i had a heart attack or heart failure. Could I have been in heart failure during the last 6 months? Thanks for any replies.View Thread