Had a drug inducing stent implanted last October. At the time I was told my ejection fraction was 51. Have been exercising anywhere from 1 to 4 hours / day 5 to 6 days / week. This includes weight lifting but primarily cardio. I believe my diet is almost as healthy as you can get (Mediterranean). Alcohol intake is 8 to 12 oz of red wine / day. Can I ever count on an improvement in my ejection fraction?
When ESTIMATING the EF, it is a snapshot of left ventricle function at the time of the test. The LV dilates to compensate for other system factors (heart rate, blood pressure variations, etc.) to maintain a balance of blood flow between the heart's left and right side.
When the heart (LV) dilates there are stronger contractions and an EF increase (normal range 50-70). If there is a pathological underlying cause, the LV can/will over compensate and the dilated LV loses EF percentage.
If there is no heart muscle damage, you should experience an increase in your EF. What is the dimension of your LV chamber?
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