[Ejection fraction]

Author: Ron (---.wp.shawcable.net)

Date: 12-03-02 18:48

My son age 15 who has HCM had an echo done today. the cardiologist mentioned hat his ejection fraction dropped to 58 from 68.....what does this mean...can anyone enlighten me..thanks..

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[Re: Ejection fraction]

Author: Sarah B. Board Moderator (12.144.99.---)

Date: 12-04-02 04:17

Dear Ron,

That is how much blood is leaving the heart when it beats. It should be above 50-55 and in the 55-75 range.

Have you talked to Lisa about seeing a specialist?

Sarah

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[Re: Ejection fraction]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 12-04-02 04:22

Please do call...but I would not panic... anything over 50 is "normal" - those with HCM tend to have high EF's. A specialist is always a good idea.

Lisa