Low EF. Now what?In December 2016 I noted an unusual weakness doing normal tasks. One night I got out of bed and passed out briefly. Otherwise I was in good health. I am 59 and recently retired. I went to my doctor to see why I had passed out. He suggested some basic heart tests. Those tests (ECHO) indicated a low EF of about 15. I was admitted to the hospital a couple of days later for a heart cath and observation. The heart cath showed no blockages with a EF of 35-40. I was told the likely cause of low EF was a heart virus. I was put on Coreg. 6 weeks later I had a repeat ECHO. It was again about 15. A couple of weeks ago I had a third ECHO. It was still low, about 20. I feel some better but not normal. I am some weaker than I used to be. I can walk 30 minutes on treadmill with no problem. I am on low sodium diet. I have lost a few pounds since this all started. I do feel more anxious. Next week I see a electrophysiologist to consider implanting a defribulator.
As most others in this support group I have been shocked with the unexpected change in my health. I have always been active, thin, never smoked. Now I am trying to figure out exactly where I am and how to maximize my health and have a positive attitude.
A couple a of questions for any of you:
1. Have any of you seen a large difference in EF measurement results between ECHO and heart cath? Any thoughts on why the difference and which is more accurate?
2. Anyone seen their EF improve over time? If so how much over how long?
I wish you you all well. I would appreciate any feedback.