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64 years old have a-fib and flutter. my ef is 25%.do not smoke or drink. walk four miles three times a week. will my ef increase over time?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
It depends: The good news is that you have maintained a good activity level even with a significant reduction in your heart function. There are many reasons for a reduction in you ef. If your decreased function is do to a prolonged period of rapid heart rate then it could get better with rate control. If it is due to a dilated cardiomyopathy then probably not. Also treating the afib could help, too.

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