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Heart Only Working 10 To 15 Percent
Cardiomyopathy: If he was told his left ventricular ejection fraction is 20%, it means his heart's function is severely diminished. A normal ejection fraction is 50% or greater. However, modern medications can help improve ones ejection fraction and, even in cases wherein the ejection fraction does not improve, ones symptoms can be improved dramatically with medical therapy. A cardiologist can often solve this. ...Read more
Several....: Avoid strainuous activity. Cardiac rehab. Get him started with CoQ10...30-50mg twice a day. If smoker should quit, Take a baby ASA 81mg daily. Watch salt and fat in diet. His medications have to be reviewed and adjusted to this situation. He can still enjoy the activity of daily life including sex. ...Read more
How much extra stress is really put on the heart of a patient whose heart is only working 10 percent when you going in for mandatory surgery?
Heart disease: The ef is the ejection fraction or the percent of the volume of blood in the heart that is pumped with each beat. It is a measure of the ability of the heart to contract. It is normally 55 to 65 per cent. Abnormal hearts can have much lower ejection fractions. The lower the ef the weaker the heart. ...Read more
My father is 79 years old as per his echo report heart is only 20 percent working and he is becoming week day by day?
Heart failure: The twenty percent refers to ejection fraction. This is the percent your heart contracts per beat. Normal should be 70 percent. I would suggest you have your father see a cardiologist. ...Read more
My sister is 27 she had three major heart attacks and heart is working at 20 percent right lung died what's her odds?
Depends.: Depends upon the underlying disease. 3 MI in a female before age 30 is pretty significant and suggests an inherited or fairly severe anatomic or physiologic issue. She will not live a long or normal life although with meds an implanted defibrillator and correction of the underlying disease she may go for many many years. You should probably be screened for early heart disease. ...Read more
Im a breast cancer patient but half way through my heceptin. My doctor stopped my treatment because my heart is only working at 42 percent ?
Herceptin (trastuzumab): That chemo agent can cause weakness of the heart muscle and if your ejection fraction is only 42% then your doctor is being appropriately cautious. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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.
My angioplasty was year back after that my heart function was 30percent now it is reduced to 25 percent what should i do?
See a cardiologist: The quantification of your EF as 25 or 30% may in point of fact actually be no difference if these measurements are based on visual inspection via echocardiogram and with different readers (i.e. interreader variability). If the quantification is more objective by MRI, or MUGA, or SPECT, then more reliable. Either way, you ought to be on optimal medical therapy & rule out ischemia as a cause. ...Read more
I have a 35 percent injection right out of my heart since i had a heart attack is there anyway to rebuild that?
Left ventrecal only 40 percent after mild heart attack how bad do it mean my heart is can I live a normal life still?
Normal life: yes!: 40% is a mildly impaired heart. It often improves over time as the areas of your heart on the margins of the heart attack zone recover. Medication helps avoid unwanted remodeling, keeps your stent patent, and lowers your risk of new heart attack. Join cardiac rehab, stop smoking completely, take your meds, adjust your diet, and you can live full and normal life! ...Read more
My heart dr said my heart was funcation 50 percent now it 40 is there anything i can do to bring it to a healthy heart i don't smoke or use caffine ?
Missing information: There has to be more to this story. Or the cause of your diminished heart function has to be determined. All answers to your question depend on the cause of your problems. ...Read more
My father is in hospital with ten percent heart function and fluid build up in legs and ankles (they are weeping). What can we expect?
EF10%: 10% EF is severe,if properly managed is survivable. Diuresis ,is critical start w/ IV. Dietary adherence to very lo salt diet is essential as is medication compliance Individuals with low EF get defibrillators because they are at higher risk for fatal arrythmias. Check if has blockage as resolution of blockage with stent can improve function, as can unloading the excess fluid. f/u w/doc ...Read more
Is it true what French paradox says on beer 1 a day but more decreases heart disease by 30 percent? Yes I aware more then 1 a day bad for you
What exactly does "noncritical disease" of "up to 20 percent" mean on heart cath report? Why would this be low risk for heart attack/unstable angina?
My friend have congenital heart disease and is pregnant right now.. How many percent of chances can she survive?
My last Echo revealed 70% of LVEF. I've diagnosed with MVP MR. Is this number a bit abnormal? How much LVEF percent does a healthy heart have?
LVEF: normal LVEF is 50-65% though sometimes EF can be greater. ...Read more
What is the percent rate of a 25 yr old to have a heart attack. I quit smoking 4 months ago after smoking for 9 years, and drink occasionally.
Cardiovascular risk: I would recommend you to get an annual physical exam and screening labs to calculate your cardiovascular risk based on your lab result. In general, it is not common for a 25 yo healthy individual to have a heart attack. ...Read more
I had a major heart attack in aug 2012 with 100 percent blockage in LAD and one stent is inserted please give precaution?
Echocardiagram showed normal heart 67 percent ef. But my EKG said consider anterior wall ischema and delayed right ventricle . Im 27. Is this serious?
If my echocardiogram, ekg, and stress test, all came back normal, could doing activities that raise my heart rate by 20-100 percent be harmful?
Normal studies: The probability is in favor of exercise being quite safe for someone with the normal findings you list. Having said that, without knowing anything else about you, something else could be present which would invalidate that prediction. ...Read more
My husband is recently on hospice far right side heart failure. He has an ejection fraction of 54 percent now. But he is still having chest pain?
My 88yr old father has 2 inch tumor and many paulipes in his colon, inoperable because of 90 percent blockage of heart valves. How long dos
Can't answer that: Sadly they do not allow me to answer 3rd party questions. ...Read more
Double pneumonia, coughing up blood, heart pumping at 5 percent and a clot or tumor on left ventricle of heart. How serious is this?
Very serious: Any one of those conditions by itself is a very serious issue. I hope whoever had all these is at least not suffering in pain. ...Read more
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