I have heart disease. I have had bypass surgery twice; most recently in1988. I have no knowledge of ever having a MI. In general I have done reasonably well. My ejection fraction is 30%. Nothwithstanding the low fraction, I seem to do reasonably well. I do get tired if I put in seveal hours of physical work on a given day, mostly yard work, etc. I walk about 1/2 hour each day.
My question is, what can I do to improve my ejection fraction? Will more exercise do it at my age (79)? Will more physical exertion to get my heart rate up improve the fraction? I do guard against getting my heart rate up to were I get some mild angina. I also watch my diet religiously.
If you don't have any heart muscle damage, akinesis, or heart walls aren't abnormally thickened, etc., exercise could help increase your heart contractions; it really depends on the underlying cause for the low EF.
Before engaging it any serious exercise regimen, you should inform your doctor and consult for his or her recommendations. I increased my EF 29% 6 years to 59% currently with medication, exercis and proper diet, etc.
Thanks for the question and if you have any followup questions you are welcome to respond. Take care.
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