Originally Posted by drh105
HOW long can I live with an ejection fraction of 20%
It depends on the underlying cause, age, general health, life style, diet, familial history (genes), medical treatment, etc.
Three plus years ago my EF was below 29% according to an echo, cath measured it to be 13%!!? With treatment my EF is currently at 60%. I had ischemic heart failure due to a totally blocked LAD artery, and the RCA was 98% blocked and stented with a drug eluding stent. Circumflex 72% and no treatment.
A recent echo did not show any heart muscle impairment, and it is possible the heart cells were still viable and a stent revasculated an area deficit of blood that orginally appeared necrotic in the localized distal portion of the heart. Totally blocked LAD (unable to stent) and a surgical operation was not an option due to the low EF, however, it appears the LAD has a natural bypass by developing collateral vessels.