I'm turning 48 years old next month and have been suffering from Congestive Heart Failure for the last 12 years of my life. My Ejection Fracture is between 25%-35%. I am on my second pacemaker ICD Defib. and due for a new one within the next 6-8 months. My symptoms lately have been of weight loss, low appetite. extreme tiredness and aches and pains (particularly the lower back). Are the symptoms of the last stages of CHF? What is my projected longevity estimated at this point? Any suggestions, comments or candid remarks are welcomed. Thank you.
Understand your predicament. Ejection fraction values below 35% are diagnostic of heart failure. Do your symptoms improve with therapy/interventions? If a person does not respond to medications then it is termed as end stage, refractory or terminal heart failure. If the ICD placement can revive the cardiac output, your symptoms should improve. In the meantime continue with your medications. And Good Luck.
In the UK, London Heart hospitals tend to use LVAD (left ventricle assist devices). These tiny pumps squirt blood into the aorta each time the heart beats, meaning it has less work to do. This was developed as an interim measure while patients were waiting for a transplant. However, what they found was a number of hearts were actually improving thanks to the rest. They have no idea why though.
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