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My dad's heart is only working at 20 percent what does this mean ?

My dad's heart is only working at 20 percent what does this mean
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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

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My grandfather heart is working only 30 percent what precautions should we take for this?

My grandfather heart is working only 30 percent what precautions should we take for this?

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

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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?

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?

Surgery: I presume you refer to a 10% ejection fraction in a surgical patient. The risk depends on the kind of surgery, the patient's other problems and many factors. The surgical stress for minor surgery is less than a major vascular procedure for instance. ...Read more

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What does a heart failure mean with 30 percent working?

What does a heart failure mean with 30 percent working?

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

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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?

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

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My sister is 27 she had three major heart attacks and heart is working at 20 percent right lung died what's her odds?

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

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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 ?

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

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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 does it mean 80 percent use of heart pacer?

What does it mean 80 percent use of heart pacer?

See below: Your pacemaker is on demanand it paces your heart 80% of the time and the 20% of the time the heart is not paced. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Doctors, can my grandmother's heart functionality be okay with 28 percent?

Doctors, can my grandmother's heart functionality be okay with 28 percent?

NO: Normal Ejection Fraction (if that is the number you are referring to) is higher than 55-60%.
Pts with EF of 28% are in heart failure (compensated or not) and symptoms depend on how well the heart failure is controlled. ...Read more

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My angioplasty was year back after that my heart function was 30percent now it is reduced to 25 percent what should i do?

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

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I have a 35 percent injection right out of my heart since i had a heart attack is there anyway to rebuild that?

I have a 35 percent injection right out of my heart since i had a heart attack is there anyway to rebuild that?

Stabilize: The damage is done and you can live well and long with 35% ejection fraction (normal is 55-65)
you can prevent further damage by good choices:
stop smoking
regular exercize
aha diet
weight to ideal for height= bmi. ...Read more

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Left ventrecal only 40 percent after mild heart attack how bad do it mean my heart is can I live a normal life still?

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

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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 ?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

My suggestion: is avoid so called "folk" advice!! Nothing is bad in moderation and very moderate alcohol may be a "good thing" but if you are one of the unfortunates who are alcoholics one beer is" too much "and "never enough"

Hope this is helpful
"Cheers"
Dr Z ...Read more

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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?

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?

Low % narrowing: At 50% diameter or 75% area narrowing there is a reduction f flow which is then a critical stenosis and may lead to ischemia of the end organ such as heart, brain, kidney etc. ...Read more

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My friend have congenital heart disease and is pregnant right now.. How many percent of chances can she survive?

My friend have congenital heart disease and is pregnant right now.. How many percent of chances can she survive?

Delends: Pregnancy may have little if any effect on some patients with congenital heart disease whereas it may be very dangerous or or even life-threatening in others. It depends a lot on the type of congenital defect and its effects on the expecting mother. ...Read more

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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.

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

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I had a major heart attack in aug 2012 with 100 percent blockage in LAD and one stent is inserted please give precaution?

I had a major heart attack in aug 2012 with 100 percent blockage in LAD and one stent is inserted please give precaution?

Follow up: Need monitoring and close follow up with doctor for care.Lipid management keep LDL close to 70 or below, anti platelet agents like Plavix (clopidogrel) for 1 year , ace inhibitor like ramipril , beta blockers and exercise program. ...Read more

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Echocardiagram showed normal heart 67 percent ef. But my EKG said consider anterior wall ischema and delayed right ventricle . Im 27. Is this serious?

Echocardiagram showed normal heart 67 percent ef. But my EKG said consider anterior wall ischema and delayed right ventricle . Im 27. Is this serious?

Over reads : EKG sometimes tends to over read... It depends on where the leads were placed. If they were placed inaccurately, you tend to get erroneous reads. Normal ECHO finding and your age is reassuring and I wouldn't worry about the EKG. ...Read more

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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

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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 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?

Chest pain: Chest pain in heart failure has to be evaluated for coronary artery disease. Make sure you don't have significant valvular heart disease, such as aortic stenosis etc.. It is important you should be evaluated by a cardiologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Double pneumonia, coughing up blood, heart pumping at 5 percent and a clot or tumor on left ventricle of heart. How serious is this?

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