And the timing was optimum as this cold lasted a good 12 days. Thankfully, I am finally feeling human again. That's not to say I am back to my "not so vibrant" new me. It set me back dramatically. But at least I'm not feeling so stuffy, bloated, coughing a lot, and not sleeping well. Although I am still out of breath at the slightest activity, like walking anywhere. :-(
So it has been quite a setback for me. I was walking a mile and going to the mailbox and back before. And feeling like I could start to do more. This recent cold did work into bronchitis again. It has set me back to where I can walk around the yard a bit if I limit it to the flatest areas I can find, and pause often whenever the slightest incline. My cardiologist tells me that colds may be hard for me to handle going forward, so I need to be careful and dilligent when out in public. I had not gotten a flu shot since surgery was so close. But next week I am marching myself down to get flu and pneumonia shots pronto!
So that's the latest. One day at a time.... Two steps forward, one step back. Patience, for sure.
More about Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy here. And click the link to read the entire test:
The American Heart Association estimates that 4.7 million Americans have congestive heart failure (CHF) and that 400,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the coming year. Heart failure is the leading cause for hospitalization in people over the age of 65, and the risk for developing the disease increases with age. The risk for developing heart failure is slightly greater in men than in women. African-Americans are twice as likely to acquire the disease as Caucasians, and mortality from the disease is also twice as great in this group. Since the 1970s, heart failure has been on the increase because the number of people aged 65 or older has grown. Approximately 20% of CHF patients will die within 1 year of diagnosis, and 50% will die within 5 years.
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood throughout the body (but not all patients with heart failure have congestion). There are two categories of congestive heart failure: systolic and diastolic. In the systolic type of the disease, blood coming into the heart from the lungs may be regurgitated so that fluid accumulates in the lungs (pulmonary congestion). In the diastolic type, the heart muscle becomes stiff and cannot relax, leading to an accumulation of fluid in the feet, ankles, legs, and abdomen.
Congestive heart failure is in itself not a diagnosis. Rather it is the physiological result of damage to the heart caused by some underlying condition. Therefore, it is not enough to say that a person has congestive heart failure. The CHF has to be due to some underlying process, and that diagnosis is important in terms of treatment and prognosis.
Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle is damaged and no longer functions properly. It is divided into three categories: dilated, hypertrophic, and restricted. Dilated cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes thin and stretched, may be caused for unknown reasons (idiopathic), by alcoholism, and by endocrine or genetic diseases. Restrictive cardiomyopathy results when some disease process restricts the movement of the heart. This may be caused by amyloidosis, prior heart surgery, and diabetes, for example. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes enlarged and thickened, is due to high blood pressure and failure of the heart's valves.