Does any1 knowwhere I can find a ef chart or info on the % of ef?

By KimberAnne1222 Latest Reply 2011-03-03 15:18:23 -0600
Started 2011-01-29 17:11:53 -0600

Hi I'm not only new to this site, but I'm kinda newly diagnosed with CHF. BAck in may 2010 when I was diagnosed my CHF my % was 40 now it's at 24% and I don't know what to expect. I know that ef % is the % of ur heart function, but how low is like death? My Doc said in my last visit (1/28/11) we need to start thinking about a bypass. I'm 40 yrs old and have a 16 month old. I'm working on changing my diet and my Doc has me on a boat load of meds already. He added 2 more meds yesterday. I don't understand the percentages and how I'll feel at what %. I'm functionally with some limitations right now, but my Doc wants me to sleep a lot and NO EXCERCISE. Thats kinda hard with a 16 month old. Anything u can tell me I'd appreciate. Thanks in advance.

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KimberAnne1222 2011-03-03 15:18:23 -0600 Report

I need to make a correction in my original statement… I stated that "My doc said in my last visit (1/28/11) we need to start thinking about a bypass." My correction is he said we need to start thinking about a transplant not bypass, sorry bout that.

KimberAnne1222 2011-03-03 15:12:27 -0600 Report

Thank u all for ur reply, very helpful. I see my cardiologist on the 16th so I'm going to ask him about the cardiac cath. Depending on what he says about me needing it will determine if I get a second opinion for sure. I have another question I'm planning on asking him, is it safe to travel a long distance by car with my heart this way??

tankmom 2011-03-01 18:14:35 -0600 Report

Wow = after reading KimberAnn1222 and the link provided article from Hearthawk, I would be on the pursuit of a 2nd opinion ASAP. Please do so and I wish you the best and will add you to my prayer list. Do what you have to do especiallly for your little one. God bless

HeartHawk 2011-03-01 23:12:53 -0600 Report

To All:

Ooops, after rereading my post I see I attributed he info to the Mayo Clinic. It should be the Cleveland Clinic, another excellent institution whose specialty is cardiology.


hogrider37 2011-02-15 07:46:50 -0600 Report

EF of 60 is a normal heart. 24 is really pretty low. HH is right you need to take action now. Mine is between 20 and 30 depending on the test thats taken. Did you have a cardiac cath done? If your EF is 24 they need to do one and see whats going on inside you if you havent had one done yet. If they havent, please ask your Dr. If yours dropped from 40 to 24 in a year thats a dramatic change. I work in the Cardiovascular field and have seen many problems. If theres anything i can do to help or get answers for you please dont hesitate to ask. send me an email. Were all here to help each other.

HeartHawk 2011-02-01 23:45:04 -0600 Report


Don't worry about the typos! It's common here as we all rush about for info and what is important is getting yoiur message out. Here is some useful info from the Mayo Clinic on EF percentages.

40% is the typical cut-off for your diagnosis but numbers often don't tell the whole story. I would look for multiple opinions and press your docs for finding the root cause of your CHF. It usually occurs for a reason. There are no guarantees but you will have a better chance of recovery of you are treating the right cause. I have seen remarkable accounts of EF restoration. Your advantage is that you are relatively young. Now is the time find answers and take action!


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