Could you have heart failure at 19 years of age?

Heart failure. You can have heart failure at any age if you have the right cardiac abnormalities. It is however rare in 19 year olds.

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How is it possible I have heart failure at the age of 20 years old with no birth defects or heart problems from birth?

Depends on variables. Heart failure requires that it not keep up with the metabolic demands of the body by pumping nutrients around at an appropriate level for need. If your heart is injured by infection or otherwise (drug, injury) it would begin to fail. My first thought would be an infectious process.If the docs haven't found a reason they should keep looking. Read more...

Continuous headache and off balance a bit. I have also had heart failure two years ago and heart attach six months ago. I am also a big man in my 60's?

Many problems. Sorry to see the many issues you have . You MUST see your primary doctor who will take your medical history, examine you, and then order appropriate lab tests and xrays. Once that information is available, your doctor will make changes to your care or refer you to a different specialist. Hope ll goes well - please keep me informed. Read more...
Need and exam + MRI? Your headache may or may not be related to your lack of balance. You should see your physician as you may need an MRI of the brain. A careful history and neurological exam will be necessary to establish the cause of your symptoms. You won't be able to self-diagnose these symptoms on the internet. See your physician soon. Best wishes. Read more...

Can pneumonia from years earlier caused by decompensated heart failure turn into chronic heart failure later on?

Congestive failure. Pneumonia causes heart failure decompensation in people who have heart failure already, it doesn't cause it anew usually. That is most of those people already have chronic compensated heart failure if they decompensate with pneumonia. Read more...

Ferritin been low (<5) for years. In last 12 months, hb has dropped to 79g/L. How low does it need to go before I should worry about heart failure?

Not a set number. There's no magic number. Chronic anemia is much better tolerated than acute anemia: so 7.9 would cause symptoms if you were 14 yesterday but 7.9 for years is likely not to cause serious symptoms. On the other hand, you are seriously iron deficient! Has the cause been determined? Is it not correctable? That's where your concern should be focused! Read more...

I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

Possibly. Every cell in the body needs an adequate supply of energy, especially the heart since it beats 70-80 times a minute for life. You may have upset energy balance and would benefit from vitamin therapy. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look at some of the older posts. Read more...

I am 23 years old. My heart races, I feel dizzy and short ofbreath while standing, but it gets normal once I sit or lie down. Could this be heart failure or coronary blockage?

Orthostatic BP. While not impossible for some type of heart condition, it sounds much more like you are having orthostatic hypotension, which is a drop in your blood pressure when you stand up. It is very common in adolescents and young adults. The symptoms you experience are the results of the low BP - you feel dizzy, and your heart rate increases to try and compensate for the lowering of the bp. See doc to test. Read more...
Perhaps POTS. Neither coronary disease nor heart failure are at all likely. It sounds as if your blood pressure drops when you get up. This can be due to dehydration, but if it is a long-standing problem, ask your doctor to consider pots: postural orthostatic hypotension syndrome. Step one is to measure pulse and BP sitting and standing. Read more...
Not likely. Sounds like you have possible pots or some form of vas-vagal type scenario . ASHD not likely in age group without heavy smoking history , diabetic history , familial disease states like severely high cholesterol levels. Arrhythmia's should also be looked into but would usually occur at rest and with activity . None the less a stress echo , cardiac event monitor and a tilt table is my rec. Read more...