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A 38-year-old male asked:

how can i increase my ejection fraction rate and i have an aicd with idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Confused: Restrictive cardiomyopathy is not associated with a low ef. Perhaps you meant "idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy"? Ef can be improved by using a combination of beta blockers (especially coreg), vasodilators (especially ace-inhibitors) and using a resynchronization icd if appropriate in your case. Avoiding alcohol is also mandatory.

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