Low ejection fraction

2catty
By 2catty Latest Reply 2009-08-19 22:15:54 -0500
Started 2009-08-06 12:10:39 -0500

Just diagnosed today. Don't know what it means for me and told it is rare for a young person like me to have it and scared what this means for me. Andy idea about this condition? I have been diagnosed with diabetes and now this way to young and don't know why. This totally sucks.


18 replies

2catty
2catty 2009-08-19 21:13:13 -0500 Report

Well I went to my cardiologist today and he is a very nice Dr. He said the red flag goes up because of me being diabetic and he cannot be as aggressive right off the bat as usual because he has to take precautions. I first of all have to do a treadmill test and when the test comes back then see how it goes from there. He also noticed my click which is some type of murmur. I forgot the name of it. He prescribed antibiotics in case I ever have any procedure and need to take them. And wants me to keep track of my B/P. He kept telling me I was just a kid and hated that I was there. I was like "Yep me too." But I know little babies with cardio trouble. They did a EKG and it came back normal also.

judy james
judy james 2009-08-16 12:38:50 -0500 Report

low ejection fraction usually pertains to the heart? i am not sure if this is what you are talking about? there is a force that is measured each time the heart beats and the force of which the lower chambers of the heart eject the blood is called an ejection fracture. You need to have an a good ejection percentage to keep the heart pumping and all the body supplied with blood. hope this helps

2catty
2catty 2009-08-16 18:17:20 -0500 Report

Thanks you guys all of that info was extremely helpful. I don't feel so in the dark anymore. You guys are so great,and so helpful. I just hope I get a good report when I go to the Dr. Wish me luck.

often
often 2009-08-15 23:38:45 -0500 Report

I had an ejection fraction of 10-13% when diagnosed with chemo induced heart failure. that was 5 years ago and today my heart function and size is normal. generally a low fraction means that the heart is not pumping properly. Normal EF is considered to be 50-55%. It sounds as though you are holding fluid. My best recommendation for you is to cut back on your sodium..a lot…that would mean no fast food or processed food…your cardio should be able to give you some guidelines on this. I think that 40 is not tat bad of an EF and you should be able to reverse it with proper diet and meds. The irony in all of this is that although most of the femailes on my maternal side have or had T2,but I had managed to avoid it until the heart failure meds caused an increase in my glucose. Something you should be aware of and discuss with the cardio. BTW Heart failure sounds very scary, but it just means that the heart is working too hard.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-16 08:49:46 -0500 Report

Hmm—I was told when I was much younger that I had an enlarged heart, was working too hard—-was so exhausted that I would take my own pulse in the bathroom of a patient at night at the hospital and it would be 120—so TIRED! Well, I am now 77, about 35 years later and still pumping, pulse is around 70 so if I don't PUSH myself beyond my limits, I get by pretty good. That probably has nothing to do with your own problem, but I said this in order to show that our bodies can be stressed to the limit, and yet keep on pumping and going for years. I never could do enough to keep up with my mind——but have had to learn to downsize my lists of things to do! Best of LUCK! hugs, Pat R

Nailah - 55716
Nailah - 55716 2009-08-12 02:12:35 -0500 Report

Hi, my spouse ejection fraction is between 20-25%. These are some low number and for him and cause a number of problems when the ejection is this low. Yes the ejection fraction is a measurement of how much blood your heart pumps with each beat. There is a technique that can be done to attempt to increase the ejection fraction. It is like blood pressure big cups put on the lower body to attempt to pump blood to the heart. Also, if you need to lose weight that is a must and get whatever exercise in that you can. You want to try to strenghten the heart muscle. You can make it go away but you can somewhat control the quality of life by doing other things mentioned.
You really need to see a Cardiologist on a regular basis. The cardiologist has been a life saver for my spouse. My spouse was 39 years old when he had his first open heart surgery. He is now 57 years and still doing ok considering all things. I am anxious to know what your Cardiologist will say. If you dont have a endocrinologist to monitor your diab this would be a good time to consider seeing one vs your internist. Yes, the medication Coreg does help with the heart and has been a life saver for my spouse.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-12 09:31:47 -0500 Report

I went online and found some articles on the subject, but don;t know how to get them to you—just type in your diagnosis and articles will appear that might help to relieve your anxietys. Best OF LUCK—-PR

2catty
2catty 2009-08-12 14:28:19 -0500 Report

Thank you everybody this has been a big help. I am not that much over weight but need to lose about 30lb. so I guess I will be working harder. The only thing with that is my endo said as much insulin I take it is next to impossible to do because my body hangs on to all the fat I eat. Errr. Plus all the swelling I have makes it so uncomfortable. But I can get over that part. I think my fraction number was 40. I get to see my cardio. on the 19th so wish me luck. And thanks everybody.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-12 16:27:12 -0500 Report

You are so WELCOME, CATTY! I don't know much, but I FEEL deeply, and the BEST TO YOU as you learn to face another of life's challenges!! Hugs, PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-11 19:04:28 -0500 Report

I don't know of anything either. Just wanted you to know that we are all praying for you. Is there a way to check on the internet to learn more about your problem? It is good for other things, so wish you the best in gaining knowledge, as that usually helps relieve the fear! hugs, Pat r

lipsie
lipsie 2009-08-11 16:50:08 -0500 Report

Wow, sorry to hear about this, I don't know anything about it either. Just wanted to wish you well and hope you find all you can out about it before your appointment. Good luck! Chin up! Hugs! Sheila

apanda
apanda 2009-08-11 12:57:02 -0500 Report

2catty, what did your doctor tell you to do about this? Did he prescribe a medication for you? I can't believe that there is nothing they can do about it. Maybe you need to visit a cardiologist? I will be keeping you in my prayers that this can be resolved by medication. Keep us posted when you find something out.

2catty
2catty 2009-08-11 16:23:58 -0500 Report

Thank you apanda, I have a cardiologist appt. this month on the 19th. So I am living with the fear of it right now. I am trying to get as educated about this as I can just like we do about our D. Now I have this to deal with too. I am in my 30's and feel like I have so much to deal with so early on. On the plus side my Dr. said I am young and strong enough to deal with it and learn to take care of it. Thank you for all your concern.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-08-06 12:22:00 -0500 Report

Catty,
So sorry to hear this. Ejection fraction is (as I'm sure you were told) a measurement of how much blood your heart pumps with each beat.

http://www.barnesjewish.org/cardio/default.asp?NavID=2850

But it appears the good news is that some people can have low ejection fraction and NOT experience any serious symptoms. Are you having shortness of breath, swelling in your feet, or inability to exercise? I sure hope not.

2catty
2catty 2009-08-06 17:47:20 -0500 Report

Yes I have severe swelling. And a lot of fatigue. The swelling is what led them to do a echo 2-d and found the problem.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-08-07 09:39:54 -0500 Report

Is there any treatment for this condition? Medications, even surgery?

I'm so sorry that you're having to deal with this on top of dealing with diabetes. Hang in there.

2catty
2catty 2009-08-11 09:24:37 -0500 Report

I have heard of a drug called coreg and that is all I have heard of so far. I hear it is the best beta blocker. Thanks for caring.