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Could someone with 25 percent heart function survive normally?

Could someone with 25 percent heart function survive normally?

EF: Depending on the cause of the abnormal heart function and the treatment, including the patient taking care of themselves, a normal life length could be possible. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you live with a heart function of 10 percent.?

For what length of time can you live with a heart function of 10 percent.?

Heart failure: You refer to an ejection fraction of 10%. With modern treatment it is possible to live ten years or more though each case is different and much shorter survival is also possible. ...Read more

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What r the chances at age 47 with a leaky heart value. Heart at functioning at 45 percent. Of a herart attack.

What r the chances at age 47 with a leaky heart value. Heart at functioning at 45 percent. Of a herart attack.

See your doc: A leaky valve and a weak heart muscle would not increase your risk of a heart attack unless they are severe. You should see your cardiologist to assess your risk of having a heart attack ( by taking your history and doing your exam, doing blood work and possibly a stress test...) but most of all find out the reason of your leaky valve and weak heart muscle at such an early age. ...Read more

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A friend who has a leaky heart value. It has been noted that their heart is only functioning at 45 percent. What r chances for improving.

A friend who has a leaky heart value.  It has been noted that their heart is only functioning at 45 percent. What r chances for improving.

Little chance: Heart valve problems do not improve on their own, chances are that she will need a valve repair or replacement procedure in the future if things ger worse. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could my grandmother's heart functionality be okay with 28 percent?

Please tell me, could my grandmother's heart functionality be okay with 28 percent?

Yes and No: The ejection fraction (ef) is low, but this is one measure of cardiac function. Patients with depressed efs are prone to increased complications in the future including heart failure and death in general. She will need medicines to prevent these problems, and on a day-to-day basis many patients can live functional lives at 28%. This is a life adjustment, but not a death sentence. ...Read more

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Gram is 71 diabetic, renal failure, dyalisis 3x week for past 7 years. Today her heart function is at 25% how long is the life expectancy, options?

Gram is 71 diabetic, renal failure, dyalisis 3x week for past 7 years. Today her heart function is at 25% how long is the life expectancy, options?

No easy answer: She has a number of considerable medical problems, but noone can predict life expectancy with any certainty. Emphasis should be on quality of life. "tight" blood sugar control is not indicated because of the risk of hypoglycemia and because she already has complications. Take care of her eyes so she can enjoy her family. Work with her cardiologist to maximize heart function. ...Read more

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Nan 93yrs, 25% of kidney functioning, heart failing, fluid inside and out of lungs, Pneumonia. Max life expectancy without life support please?

Nan 93yrs, 25% of kidney functioning, heart failing, fluid inside and out of lungs, Pneumonia. Max life expectancy without life support please?

Here are some ...: Hi! EmmaD, Sorry to see your facing how to manage the ending days of your nan; but, in a sense, being precious yet privileged to experience it. How long she would live still relies on the degree of supportive care with nutritional supply and drug use. If just keeping her as comfortable as possible, her life may come to end in 3-7 days although the last fighting days of life widely varies among all ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure i was diagnosed with CHF and a 80 percent block of the right coronary artery my ejection fraction is up to 55-60 from 25-30 i still get tired and short of breath not getting answers from my doctor could that be from the block any

That : That is great news that your ejection fraction (ef) has improved that much, as that is directly correlated with your overall long term prognosis. You clearly are still symptomatic though. If you find that your shortness of breath continues, it is certainly possible that the stenosis in your right coronary artery is the culprit, although without knowing more information it is hard to say definitively. My best advice to you is to find a physician that will answer your questions and communicate with you so that you may understand your care. Heart disease is complex and involves the interplay of many factors, and an excellent relationship with your cardiologist can be the most important one. ...Read more

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He was told his heart was functioning at twenty five per cent. What might be the prognosis?

He was told his heart was functioning at twenty five per cent. What might be the prognosis?

Ejection fraction: An ejection fraction of 25% will leave a person significantly less able to get around fast on their feet, but if the cardiac disease is not progressive, may be compatible with many years of reasonable health. As usual, a number is much less important than the big picture. ...Read more

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