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Can Ejection Fraction be improved by exercise?
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southjerseyjoe posted:
My wife is in remission from leukiemia. almost 5 years... Her heart seems to have sustained some damage from the chemo used. Her ejection fraction has dropped from 65 percent before it started to just under 50 percent now. She has an appointment with a cardiologist next week, but I was wondering if execise will help improve this condition...
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11CUPS responded:
In most all cases yes, exercise will help her EF along with a good diet. You most definitely want to mention this to the cardiologist in case there is an seperate underlying heart disease. My best guess is that the treatment received from the leukemia may have weakened her heart a little. EF need to be checked constantly when there is a definite heart disease, but are usually are not a serious problem until they go under 40.
 
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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Ejection fraction can improve in some people on proper medical therapy. While exercise doesn't result in the significant improvement in heart function (in most studies) that we'd hope for, it can improve quality of life and functional capacity. I'd talk with the cardiologist about an exercise prescription and whether cardiac rehabilitation could be a possibility. Take care!
 
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mickyblueyes responded:
I have had atrial fib for over 15 years and two years ago my ejection fraction dropped to 30. I exercised (mainly walking, push-op, squats and pull-ups) and took COQ10. Because the exercise was not consistent, nor very intense, I credit COQ10 with bringing my EF back up to 45 in just over 1 year (I am now 76). Make sure you purchase Ubiquinol not ubiquinone. The former is water soluble, the latter is fat soluble.


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