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skatzcookie posted:
I had a nuclear heart test today and the Dr. said it was very good and gave me the number 65 %. I am 71 have had 2 heart attacks and have 4 stints. Is that number good? He said some of his patients younger than me only have lower than 50.
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
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......"and gave me the number 65%"

"Is that number good?"

Yes, especially after having had two heart attacks.

When doctors use a percentage, this refers to the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), the amount of blood that is forced out of the left ventricle (LV) with each beat, the single-most important clinical indicator of how well the heart is pumping. Normal resting range LVEF is 55%-70%. Average clinically observed is reported as being in the low to mid 60s.

Cleveland Clinic

Understanding Your Ejection Fraction

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


......"and have 4 stints."


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Coronary stents (drug-eluting or bare-metal) are only a Band-aid or spot treatment, as it does not treat the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable condition (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression), requiring a continuum of care,

Best of luck down the road of life.

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