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Old 10-30-2007, 10:59 AM   #1
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HOW long can I live with an ejection fraction of 20%

HOW long can I live with an ejection fraction of 20%

 
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Re: HOW long can I live with an ejection fraction of 20%

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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.

 
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Re: HOW long can I live with an ejection fraction of 20%

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Yes, it does depend on different circumstances, Ken is right. I was diagnosed in early August with a severely depressed Left Ventricle, a heart that merely quivers, yet clean as a whistle arteries. My EF was 10-15%. There wasn't enough blood flow to show the veins in my lower eyelids! There was talk of sudden cardiac death if I didn't rest my heart, and a defib in the very near future. My cardiologist believes in treating with meds, lowering the sodium, no exercise except walking slowly and allowing the heart a chance to heal itself. Yesterday after a new echocardiogram, my ef is up to 50% and my cardio considers that normal heart function.

Meds can increase your EF...what were you diagnosed with?

 
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