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    Heart is failing, perhaps not... wish I knew.
    annaaurora posted:
    My biggest wish would be is to know what is going on. I am so frustrated I cannot breathe. I'm the one with the valve repair that didn't workout well, and my right armpit still smells. That is of little concern now, to me at least because I have to say I am cooked. My Card. Dr. talks in circles. I like him, I think. Past Valve guy was so belittling I am too embarrassed to say. I am now with a bunch of big guys at a Heart Transplant Ctr, and Heart Failure Program which I at first felt good about. I thought finally someone is going to tell me what is going on. Am I not bad, am I bad, can I go to work, will I ever go to work, we have one income, can you let me know when you find something out. I just want to know, that's all. When someone takes 16 viles of blood they should be able to tell you something.
    Do Doctors recognize that not only is money a factor, but quite often the emotional toll over time just kills any relationship you can have Dr's. I am tired. I'm posting because I am too tired to erase. Besides I'm off to the little country market for a pack of smokes. Haven't had one since July 23rd.
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    Heart is failing, perhaps not... wish I knew.

    "I am now with a bunch of big guys at a Heart Transplant Ctr, and Heart Failure Program"

    Your left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) determines if the heart is failing (that is, failing to pump properly, the heart is obviously still functioning) and the severity of it.

    LVEF (typically measured/estimated with echocardiography) is the amount of blood that is being pumped out of the left ventricle (LV) with each beat.

    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.


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    annaaurora replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Thank you, and I apologize bunches. It gets rough out here. Thanks again, Best Anna
    cardiostarusa1 replied to annaaurora's response:
    You're welcome. =D

    Take extra-good care,



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