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By December 12, 2015 - 7:22pm
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I'm 35. In the last year and a half I have gained almost 60lbs. No changes in diet. I quit smoking 8 months ago. Blood pressure was high, but I was put on lisinopril quite a while ago and it has been managed very well. I am constantly tired and feel run down. I have trouble catching my breath and my chest aches when i exercise. I went to the Er on 2 occasions for chest pains but ekgs were ok. Was sent to a cardio. I had a stress test that he said looked good, and an echocardiogram. He said the echo showed my heart is not pumping properly and my ejection fraction was 44%. He said in his opinion at my age it should be up towards 65. He started me on a beta blocker and told me to limit salt intake (which I have been doing ever since discovering high bp)I have to take the beta blocker for 6 months and then have another echo. Can this be related to my bp even though it's been fine since meds? Could this be why I am always tired and have body aches all the time? Is the EF a big worry? I'm scared and worried.

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
There are a few possible thing going on here. First of all, assuming you have a very healthy diet, the rapid weight gain could be due to a thyroid disfunction. That, plus your other symptoms (fatigue, high blood pressure, chest pain) could also point to diabetes.
Heart issues often come with diabetes, and weight gain, so those things all go hand in hand. I highly suggest you explore those two possible causes of your symptoms: thyroid disfunction, and diabetes.

December 13, 2015 - 4:13pm
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