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Heart Failure vs Pneumonia

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  • Posted By: NikNak
  • July 29, 2008
  • 00:09 AM

I have a question:

Does anybody have any idea if heart failure and pneumonia go hand in hand. I couldn't find any information through my search on the net. Here's why:

I got very sick in Jan 07 (got to the point where I could barely walk to the bathroom and be out of breath-like 5 steps away). Was treated for several different things over the course of time-pneumonia being one of them. When treaments weren't working I went to an Urgent Care for yet another visit. Upon and xray they noticed that my heart was enlarged and explained that I needed to go to an emergency room due to this because it could be serious. I then proceeded to an emergency room and through some testing the doc came back in and told me that I might have a virus in my heart or (?) blood clot in my lung both of which were extremely serious. After having a CAT Scan she came in and diagnosed me with double pneumonia.

I seemed to have accepted it, although I had already taken drugs for pneumonia that didn't help, and went on my way. Well 6 weeks and many more doctors visits to my regular doctor later, they realized my xray from the urgent care came back with an enlarged heart and set me up for a heart echo. Low and behold I DID in fact have Congestive Heart Failure (caused by a virus) and was admitted into the hospital immediately. My heart was only pumping out 10% of it's blood. What?!? But..but...but..."the one doc said..." Yeah right

I'm frustrated with this emergency doc first telling me that I "might" have a virus in my heart, sending me away with double pneumonia, and then finding out that she was right on the money. What are the odds of this happening? Am I a victim of mal-practice? How much more worse did my heart get over the last 6 weeks? Could it had not been that bad if she'd diagnosed me with it right then and there? Is this a common mis-diagnosis? Any input you all have would be greatly appreciated. Thats my story....

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