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heart failure question ejection fraction was 40%

My 45yr old husband was diagnosed with congestive heart failure 2 yrs ago. On admission to hospital his ejection fraction was 15 to 20%. After 6 months of heart meds, his heart had "shrunk" and ejection fraction was 40%. Does this mean he's improved or is it just the symptoms under control. He still takes all his medication. Thanks for reading
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replied December 31st, 2011
Your husband has shown a significant improvement in his heart function, with his ejection fraction (the amount of blood the left ventricle ejects with each stroke) going from about 20% to 40%. Though an ejection fraction of 40% is still below the normal range, your question suggests that he is doing better clinically. In the light of his improvement I think he should continue his medication and keep in close touch with his doctor.
Your question does not state why your husband was in congestive heart failure. I assume his doctor has dealt with that question, because the answer defines the kind of treatment that is instituted.
Please be aware that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.


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