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What are my chances
TexanKarl posted:
I am 67 and six months ago i had a HA. ALD 100%.
Was takes to hospital and got a stent. My blood pressure has always been low (100/60), Cholestrol Low, never smoked and exercised regularly. No Family History. Since the HA i have been told I have a EF of 25-30. I did great on the stress test. Never short of breath, no angina. Feel pretty well normal . Exercising for hour and half three days a week, walk several miles on others. Up and down stairs 15-20 times a day.
My question is how long can i expect to live? and also I stopped my light drinking since the HA, but now I see reports that light drinking can be beneficial.
Should my EF slowly improve.? taking plavix, aspirin, ace inhibitor and beta blocker.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"How long can I expect to live?

This is a variable, especially since everyone is unique, with each and every case/situation being different.

Noteworthy, looking back, for quite some time, there was a generalized 5 year statistic lifespan/life expectancy prognosis that we kept hearing about (which came from the Framingham Heart Study).

This is now considered as being no longer applicable, as thanks to modern medicine, marvelous medical technology, and the doctors who know how to use it, many patients with heart failure/congestive heart failure are living/surviving much longer than ever before

"Since the HA I have been told I have a EF of 25-30."

"Should my EF slowly improve"

As applicable, in some cases, along with a doctor recommended/authorized exercise regimen (unless contraindicated), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) can be increased, sometimes substantially, by customizing/tweaking prescription drug-therapy (e.g., Coreg, which showed, back in its clinical trial days, that it could boost LVEF in some individuals) and supplemental (complimentary or integrative medicine) therapy, as deemed applicable.

Just one example of complimentary medicine is the use of the supplement Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or ubiquinone, a vitamin-like substance) for heart failure (though currently not scientifically proven, some doctors may advise the patient to give it a try) which may/can (i.e., along with doctor directed prescription drug-therapy, and with the doctor knowing about any supplements being taken) help to improve LVEF in some, with other supplements sometimes added to the mix.

Additionally, as reported, as applicable to the patient, if/when the LVEF improves substantially or even recovers, and the heart appears to function near-normal or normally, other problems (unseen, that is, at a cellular or molecular level) often exist, or possible problems may/can occur anytime down the road, putting one at an increased risk.

Understanding Your Ejection Fraction
**To get a decent estimate of LVEF, a MUGA scan is reported as being the most accurate of the non-invasive methods.

Pertinent excerpt from an article on by Richard N. Fogoros, M.D.

When is the MUGA scan more useful than other heart tests?

The advantages of the MUGA scan over other techniques (such as the echocardiogram) for measuring the LVEF are twofold
. First, the MUGA ejection fraction is highly accurate, probably more accurate than that obtained by any other technique. Second, The MUGA ejection fraction is highly reproducible. That is, if the LVEF measurement is repeated several times, nearly the same answer is always obtained. (With other tests, variations in the measured LVEF are much greater.)
Best of luck down the road of life.

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