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    sheltongang posted:
    My husband had a stress test and eccocardiagram this week because he told his doctor he was having some shortness of breath and got tired easy. His doctor told him that the tests showed no blockages but that the lower part of his heart is week. She is referring him to a cardiologist. He is 48 years old. The doctor that is referring him is a kidney doctor - because he has polycystic kidney disease that she is monitoring. His creatnine level is now to 2.8 but overall doing well and keeping his high blood pressure under control. Since she is a kidney doctor she did not tell him what this meant - to have a weak lower heart. What does this mean? Is he in danger? Should this be considered an emergency? How do they treat this? Would appreciate your comments.
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    billh99 responded:
    It is really not possible to say with this information.

    There are several different variations on stress tests. Most likely the EKG showed some changes that are indicate of possible changes in the structure of the heart.

    But an exam by a cardiologist is needed to see if these really are changes, how significant that they are, and what treatments might be needed.

    You might contact the referring doctor to see if she thinks that this is an emergency or not. But most likely she would have indicate if this was an emergency at the time.
     
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    ......"had a stress test and echocardiogram"

    ......"having some shortness of breath and got tired easy".

    ......"the lower part of his heart is weak."

    "What does this mean?"

    One should know his/her left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is the single-most important clinical indicator of how well the heart is pumping out blood.

    Cleveland Clinic

    Understanding Your Ejection Fraction

    http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/heartfailure/ejectionfraction.asp

    "Is he in danger?"

    "Should this be considered an emergency?"

    In general, for now, it mainly depends on how weak it actually is.

    "How do they treat this?"

    As applicable to the patient, treatments include prescription drug-therapy, electro-mechanical implant devices, catheter-based and surgical procedures.

    Best of luck to your husband and you down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)




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