... Well, here I sit with an ejection fraction of 25%. I'm still as active as I want to be.
But my cardiologist and electrophysiologist are after me to have an ICD, implantable defibrillator installed.
So I will in the near future.
Technically, an EF of 35% or less defines a dysfunctional heart. But I've been running on 35% since 1974. Would love to have a 51% EF. (5 replies)
... Immediately post heart attach my EJ was around 25%. With consistent walking and excercise its increased to just below normal levels. About 51% is considered normal for a man my age (52). Its about strengthening the heart muscles and the on;y way to do that is to excercise it. Lisinopril is for high blood pressure. Ask his doc about Metoprolol. (8 replies)
... 51% is low for your age group, but it's probably nothing to be concerned about.
I suggest discussing it with your doctor and maybe ask about an echocardiogram or cardiac MRI, if needed. I'm not sure if a CT shows the same things as an echo does, like valve function, etc.
50-55% is considered low normal. I have idiopathic cardiomyopathy, where mine was initially diagnosed... (5 replies)
... Had a "Equivocal" Nuclear Stress Test, so they did a Heart CT.
Everything came back "Normal". EF was 51% and Calcium Score was 0.
I've read that a healthy EF was in the 55-60% range.
Should I (in my early thirties) be concerned about being below the 55% mark? (5 replies)
I'd have the EF run again. I have read that the BEST methodology (NASA computer developed direct measurements of ventricular ejections) give a plus or minus 5 and that catheter and echocardiograph measurement are less accurate.
Thus, a 39% and a 51% could be a 45 and a 46 by the BEST methods...and completely equivalent by the less accurate measures which require... (30 replies)
... Thanks,,,I will look into it, But I have been ok now for 10 years until now. With me EF dropping to 39% from 51% in one year I have just got a rude awakining. I have decided to use the Altace and the Coreg to correct the problem as my Dr's have prescribed. I will warn anyon who has any type of radiation treatment though, that it scatters and can affect the heart is id did in... (30 replies)
I've had congestive heart failure since 1994. My EF has stayed essentially constant at 35% for each evaluation since.
I'm certainly no expert on this subject. But if I were you, I'd have a real 'heart to heart' discussion with your present heart doctor as to what he thinks the decrease in EF from 51% to 39% over a year might mean. Shortness of breath,... (30 replies)
... mg of Altace 1 x a day. After seeing my stress test resaults I am worried that I may be getting worse or something may be wrong. Why would my EF drop to 39 from 51 in 1 year ? ... (30 replies)
... Long story short is this - I've complained of CP, arrythmia's & fainting since I was 9 years old. I've been told nothing was wrong until I turned 42, then found out I had roughly 50,000 pvc's. I had an EPS; VFib 3 times due to long runs of polymorphic VT sustained VT D'fibd & testing to find out why; all tests were inconclusive.
I started putting together all of my... (0 replies)
... Hi there,
So you've been diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, but you said you had a heart attack--those two things don't necessarily go together. When you had your heart attack, did you have an angiogram which showed a blockage in any of your coronary arteries? I'll explain why this is confusing. There are two main categories of dilated cardiomyopathy:... (6 replies)
... Prior to having a heart transplant at age 49 my EF was 7%. At 20% I was weak but still able to get around.
Best of luck to you. (5 replies)
... I've been told EF above 50% are normal. (5 replies)
I would suggest meeting your doctor again and discuss all of your concerns.
I was lucky and tested on the top of the scale at 75%. I'm told that is rare.
The unfortunate part for me is that due to extreme high blood pressure I damaged the small arteries of my heart and I'm told I have Prinzmetal angina.
I just hit 40 a couple months ago. So I suggest you make that... (5 replies)
... Do you know the underlying cause for an enlarged LV. Is the dx'd cause ischemia (lack of blood supply do to blockage)? Valves? Viral? ideopathic (cause unknown). Based on your post it appears to be ischemic?
Also it would be helpful if the dx identifies the hypertrophy such as concentric, eccentric, compensatory, adaptive, etc. To know the classification helps to... (19 replies)
... alist said his numbers are so good that he should be having reversal...today we meet with his cardiologist to discuss the dilated left ventricular cavity and the ejection fraction output change from 51 in November to 45. I don't want to be passive with our doctor, nor do I want him to be passive with us. ... (19 replies)
... That's the inferior MI and gives the result , "inferior akinesis," meaning the back of the heart doesn't move (doesn't contribute to pumping.)
Now the OTHER two heart attacks/blockages...depends on where they are:
Inferolaterolateral also means the back bottom of heart and Q-wave discrepancies. It MAY be just from the ONE heart attack becasue inferior and inferolateral... (19 replies)
... ed no anginal symptoms but positive ischemic EKG changes. SPECT sestamibi revealed inferior and inferolateral M.I. can someone explain in laymans terms why his ejection fraction has gone down? ... (19 replies)