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Posted by Ken on October 21, 2000 at 11:36:59:

In Reply to: Bundle Branch Block posted by PJ Adams on October 20, 2000 at 22:38:58:

: I have had a BBB (with no BP problems at that time)since 1983. In 1996, I had a Thallium Stress Test and a Heart Cath, and they said I had a Double BBB, and my heart was functioning at 50% efficiency, but arteries were clear and my heart was normal. I have been on BP meds since then, several different ones, as they seemed to become ineffective after a time. A recent xray showed what might be enlarged blood vessels behind my heart, suggesting beginnings of Congestive Heart Failure, so I had a Cardiolyte Stress Test this week. The results showed that I'm getting plenty of blood and plenty of oxygen into my heart but my heart is pumping out at only 40% efficiency. They also found a defect on the septum which they said is expected with BBB's. They would give no more info til I have an Echo Cardiogram, and I'm scared and very confused! What is that defect? Is it congenital? (I have other congenital defects that are more obvious). Is it caused by something? And could it cause the CHF? Is 40% efficiency bad, moderste, almost normal?

I assume you are under the care of a cardiologist. My first suggestion would be to talk to the cardiologist about your condition and how you should take care of yourself. Another good source of information on BBB and Congestive Heart Failure is the web site of The American Heart Assn. located at Use their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide and look up these two subjects as well as related articles which will be listed at the end of each section.

It is my understanding that Congestive Heart Failure starts when your Ejection Fraction goes below 50%. You stated you were at 40%. I know people who have Ejection Fractions in their 20's and Teens, and they are still alive and kicking. However, they are on medication(s)and must follow their cardiologist's directions. There are medications available now for CHF that were not available years ago.

I wish you the best.


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