This question was answered on Thu 10, Dec 2009 06:04am by Dr.Rikesh Polavarapu

what does it mean when you heart is only working 25%

    
Asked by ann541254 (Male; 40; none; Relevant drugs:none ) on Tue 08, Dec 2009 06:43pm

He was in v=fib. doctors shocked his heart and put him on cumadin. 3 weeks later he's in v=fib again. doctors shocked his heart agaon and now his heart is only working 25% they sent him home w/ medications (i dont know what) what does it mean

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Answer by Dr.Rikesh Polavarapu  on Thu 10, Dec 2009 06:04am:

HelloMr.Ann541254,thanks for posting in AMD.Ejection fraction is the percentage of total blood in ventricle pumped with each beat.Ejection fraction is assumed in percentage which is roughly equal to % of working heart as you told.Normal EF is 55 to 70% and anything below 30% carries high risk.He needs regular medications without fail and implantation of defibrillator as adviced by your cardiologist.Take care.
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