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5yr post dcm ef was 9%. Still on meds and over a year ago ef was 40 but dropped from 50. Edema+chest tightnings+hard breathing at night. Causes?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
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In brief: Cardiologists please

I am guessing you are referring to a cardiomyopathy with a very low ejection fraction of 9%.
Ef (percentage of blood that's squeezed out with each beat is normally over 50%). Edema, chest tightening, and difficulty breathing at night can all be symptoms of congestive heart failure. Time to see the cardiologist for an assessment: perhaps an echocardiogram or blood test called the bnp. Good luck.

In brief: Cardiologists please

I am guessing you are referring to a cardiomyopathy with a very low ejection fraction of 9%.
Ef (percentage of blood that's squeezed out with each beat is normally over 50%). Edema, chest tightening, and difficulty breathing at night can all be symptoms of congestive heart failure. Time to see the cardiologist for an assessment: perhaps an echocardiogram or blood test called the bnp. Good luck.
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