Gaining heart

Five years ago, I was admitted to hospital extremely short of breath with congestive cardiac failure due to viral cardiomyopathy caused by influenza A.  

I was in severe heart failure with a cardiac ejection fraction of 17%. The Seattle Heart Failure Model predicted an average life expectancy of 2.2 years.

My chance of surviving one year was 64%; my risk of dying within five years was 90%. I was 52.

I was used to dealing with the odds of survival and communicating that information to cancer patients. Although initially unfamiliar with cardiac disease data, I discovered my own odds quickly enough via internet research from my hospital bed.

What did I feel? Disbelief, I suppose, though only briefly. What I felt most was ... nothing. I had no reason to doubt the evidence.

I soon learned that the various drugs and devices available to treat heart failure should improve