... prescribed entrest
I was diagnosed with CHF in May of 2016 at the age of 50 when I realized I couldn't walk more than three feet without running out of breath and couldn't sleep unless I was sitting straight up. It had been coming on for a couple of years. At the time I was admitted my EF was 10%. After 11 Days in the hospital my Cardiologist gave me an Entresto sample to begin and ultimately a prescription. I have been taking Entresto together with Carvidelol now for 9 months. My latest EF in December was 60%. Of course I made very drastic changes in my lifestyle also, (I miss my whiskey, hot wings and salt) but I am a believer in Entresto. I have no meds to compare it to, having never taken anything else. The only side effects were lightheaddedness and feeling like I was going to pass out early on, but it went away after a couple of weeks. I have to take monthly blood test to check its effect on my kidneys, but thus far have had no issues. Hope this helps.
I've been living with CHF for about 8 years now.
I've been on Carvidelol since that time. Unfortunately, for another health issue, I only took it once per day. Neither my cardiologist or family doctor told me that the half-life of Carvidelol in your body is only 7-9 hours? That's why you have to take it twice per day. For the past 8 years, I was only taking it once per day, which meant the medication wasn't as effective as it could have been. Apparently, there is a 24 hr. Carvidelol, but again, no one told me about that.
In the past 2-3 months, I ended up in the emergency twice. I now had to deal with atrial fibrillation, and my heart function was measured at 10%. They had to slow my heart rate down, and 2 weeks ago I had cardioversion to reset the pulse heartbeat of my heart.
I was put on a host of new medications, including ENTRESTO.
Quite frankly, i'm in a position where I can't really say "no thanks i'll pass" and just chance it.
My health had deteriorated where I couldn't even put on my shirt, lifting my arms up, and I'd have to take a 5 minute break. I couldn't even walk to the parking lot. I'd be completely drained of energy and ready to pass out.
I was scared of all the listed potential side effects of Entresto. I'm actually the type that will only do natural herbs if I can. But, for the past 2 weeks on Entresto, it's been alright.
My only side effect has been shortness of breath every now and then. But, I'm not sure which medication that might be effecting me, as I was put on 3 new medz all at once. Or, it might just because I had too much sodium that day, or drank too much fluid. I'll have a bad cough when I've had too much sodium or fluid -- which is normal with CHF. I don't know.
All I can say is, I have been feeling better after my cardioversion. Now, I can do things a little bit more. The drain in energy is still there, but not as seriously bad.
So, in my case I haven't had any of the scary side effects of Entresto.
Hope that helps.
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