Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Good news and Bad news.......

Hi. Since I need to get supper started, I will give you a brief update on the echocardiogram. The good news is that my EF has not gotten any worse. It is still at 15 %. The bad news, of course, is that it hasn't improved any either. We did go out to Chuck E Cheese and celebrate....we celebrated the fact that I've been feeling much better, AND that that all 3 kids were good for Marianne! (She was our babysitter while we were up at Christ) Sorry about not posting sooner, but I was dealing with my disappointment :( For those of you thinking "what is an EF?" I have copied a definition from the Mayo Clinic website. Hope it helps. Hope you all are having a good week.....we're enjoying this lovely weather in the 70's. I can hardly keep the kids indoors at all!

During each heartbeat cycle, the heart contracts and relaxes. When your heart contracts (systole), it ejects blood from the two pumping chambers (ventricles). When your heart relaxes (diastole), the ventricles refill with blood. No matter how forceful the contraction, it doesn't empty all of the blood out of a ventricle. The term "ejection fraction" refers to the percentage of blood that's pumped out of a filled ventricle with each heartbeat. This measures the capacity at which your heart is pumping.

Because the left ventricle is the heart's main pumping chamber, ejection fraction is usually measured only in the left ventricle (LV). A normal LV ejection fraction is 55 percent to 70 percent. The ejection fraction may decrease when the heart muscle has been damaged, such as due to:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart-muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
  • Heart valve problems

5 comments:

Martha C said...

Sorry, Nancy. Glad you posted; I have been curious about the results. I even tried calling, but the phone never got answered. (Do you have caller ID now? :-) Just kidding!) You are a brave soul to celebrate at Chuck E Cheese. That place almost gives me heart probalems! Thanks for the explanation. It was helpful. You have been in my prayers.

Angie Davis said...

That must be really frustrating for you. I'm so sorry! We'll be praying for you. (And I suspect your cardiologist would not approve of Chuck E Cheese...)

Martha C said...

Oops! I had some spelling "probalems" while typing my comment! :-) I am not a good proof reader of my own work.

Nancy said...

Yes, Martha. I have to wonder about you teaching Seth Spelling! just kidding!

Carrie said...

Sorry to hear your percentages haven't gone up. Out of curiosity, do the doctors know why this happened?