LV dysfunction??

Hi all. Further to my previouse post about being told i have heart block and require a PM, I have had my letter from the cosultant, (the one he sends to my GP) and at the end it states that he is sure I will need a PM but he is concerned that looking at my ECG suggests that i may have LV dsyfunction also.


I had googled this and now I am scared. Does anyone have this and what does it really mean . Im reading that its not fixable and will get worse. Is this the case? And if the consultant thinks he can see it is it likely to be the case? Does LV dysfunction come with a shortened life expectancy?


Im hoping someone knows the answers as Im not back to the consultant till next wednesday!

Many thanks. x



by capecod - 2019-06-11 14:37:01


are you talking about left branch bundle block or something else?

Left branch bundle block and partial right blockage.

by Osbo82 - 2019-06-11 15:33:34

Yes i have the left branch bundle block and a right side that isnt working properly either. But now the mention of this lv dysfunction. It's got me really worried where as before I was hopeful that a PM was going to make me feel.better. now I dont know.

You need specific answers

by Gotrhythm - 2019-06-11 17:33:04

I don't think you can assume that having LV dysfunction is the opposite of having a pacemaker help you to feel better. 

A pacemaker helps many people feel better because it makes their heart beat often enough to ensure a good supply of fresh oxygenated blood to the whole body. But, even with a pacemaker you can still have other heart disease which will require the care of a cardiologist.

It's good that you're asking questions, but LV dysfuntion isn't like the measles--you either have the measles or you don't. There's a continuum from barely discernable to very bad. Your cardiologist is the one who can address your condition with exactness and give the answers you need to help you understand what you're facing and help you form a plan. I suggest you ask for an appointment to talk--just talk. Be sure to take along a family member, friend or other support.


Left Ventricle Dysfunction

by ROBO Pop - 2019-06-11 17:38:01

They're referring to Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). It can be caused by several issues such as heart attack or coronary artery disease.

CHF is not curable and over time worsens. That being said it can be treated and managed. I've lived with it for over 12 years. Don't worry until they close your coffin, follow your Cardiologists treatment program and get out there and enjoy your life.

You really aren't living if all you do is worry about dying

ROBO POP's advice

by Tachybrady - 2019-06-14 14:26:09

I know you are anxious about your forthcoming pm. I’m going to have a pm as well and I’m nervous too. this group has terrific advice and ROBO POP nailed it when he said, “you really aren’t living if all you do is worry about dying.!”

My only advice is that you might want a second opinion. And there is always medication for stress and anxiety. Nothing wrong with better living through chemistry and technology.

Good luck to you.



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