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    Old 07-31-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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    Ejection Fraction of 93% -- Bad?

    I just had a stress test done for a research study and the doctor was amazed that I had an EF of 93%. They also found I had a right bundle branch block (but he said it was benign).

    I feel like this is something I should be concerned about, but I can't find much info about high EF's. Anyone have any thoughts about it?


    Of note, I've had symptoms of tachycardia (randomly up to the 180's) over the past year. Saw a cardiologist, who was unable to diagnose me.

    Thank you!

     
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    Old 07-31-2013, 07:56 AM   #2
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    Re: Ejection Fraction of 93% -- Bad?

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    I just had a stress test done for a research study and the doctor was amazed that I had an EF of 93%. They also found I had a right bundle branch block (but he said it was benign).

    I feel like this is something I should be concerned about, but I can't find much info about high EF's. Anyone have any thoughts about it?


    Of note, I've had symptoms of tachycardia (randomly up to the 180's) over the past year. Saw a cardiologist, who was unable to diagnose me.

    Thank you!
    It can be a symptom of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There's a lot on the web about it. Yeah, it's serious.
    But remember, always get a confirmation of anything disturbing, Have another cardiologist estimate your ejection fraction and do an ultrasound. Your first estimate may have been way off. It happens often.

    An ejection fraction of 50-75% is considered normal.

    If you are an athlete, take it easy until you get this sorted out.

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    Old 08-01-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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    Re: Ejection Fraction of 93% -- Bad?

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    I just had a stress test done for a research study ...
    What was the nature of the research study?

    Why were you chosen to participate in the study?

    How old are you?

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    and the doctor was amazed that I had an EF of 93%.
    Wow! 93% is very high, as you well know.

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    They also found I had a right bundle branch block (but he said it was benign).
    It's somewhat comforting to know that your doctor felt that the rbbb was benign. I would like to know his confidence level about that diagnosis and what tests he used to come up with that diagnosis.

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    I feel like this is something I should be concerned about, but I can't find much info about high EF's. Anyone have any thoughts about it?
    Benign or not, you have three issues with your heart, the high EF, the RBBB and the tachycardia.

    Do you have any symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain, or over-sweating, or labored or difficult breathing; or getting easily tired and fatigued?

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    Of note, I've had symptoms of tachycardia (randomly up to the 180's) over the past year. Saw a cardiologist, who was unable to diagnose me.

    Thank you!
    Are you taking anything for your tachycardia? Any other medications?

    I'm 70 and I've lived with Heart Failure and permanent Atrial Fibrillation for 26 years. My health has gotten a lot better over the past few years because I have a low calorie, small meal, very healthy diet; because I do a lot of physical exercise during the day; because I take Coreg (Carvedilol) and because I avoid chemicals, odors and other heart irritants or heart stimulants.

    If you are interested in what I did to improve my health and my heart, please refer to the following thread in the High & Low Blood Pressure topic. The thread does not reflect what I am currently doing, but it still is valid and could provide some ideas.

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