Can An Ejection Fraction Of 25% Be Improved?

Question

Asked by Lynn P

Can An Ejection Fraction Of 25% Be Improved?

My husband and I recently found out that he is a diabetic and has heart failure. He has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and has only 25% ejection fraction. He won't be able to see a cardiologist for another three weeks or so and it worries me. The physician who diagnosed him made it seem like he was doomed with an ejection fraction that low. Can his ejection fraction of 25% be improved?

Answer

Another individual asked a question related to ejection fraction. Here is some information on ejection fraction readings from a previous answer to a similar question on this site:

"Normal ejection fraction is between 55-75. A measurement under 40 may be evidence of heart failure or cardiomyopathy. An EF between 40 and 55 indicates damage, perhaps from a previous heart attack, but it may not indicate heart failure. In severe cases, EF can drop below 5 percent...  Low EF often cannot be cured. Treatment typically focuses on reducing symptoms and keeping the condition from getting worse. This may include changes in diet and exercise, medications, surgical procedures and use of devices like implantable defibrillators."

My advice would be to wait to hear from the cardiologist before you become overly concerned about the prognosis. He or she will be the best person to tell you the options for treating this condition.

Here are some articles you might find helpful in the meantime:

What to Eat with Atrial Fibrillation

Healthier Habits to Prevent Heart Events

How to Manage Atrial Fibrillation  

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN