I read a report which analysed patients in the netherlands having received bypass surgery and had a low EF. Going by these results, I find your Doctor a bit off track. Here are the statistics for an EF of 35-50
After 1 year, 9 out of 10 survived
After 5 years, 8 out of 10 survived
After 10 years, 6 out of 10 survived
Have they suggested an Echo every year?
Fortunately Drs. make mistakes.
I suffered a HA 5 and half years ago who left me with a 23-25% of EF.
I am still alive and making a quite normal life.
Doctors are practicing, and while they are, we are patient with them.
well your doc has made a worrying statement to you. EF of 40% if it were to hold at that, is not too bad. A lot of people have a much lower EF AND ARE STILL ALIVE. he has all the facts to judge this, but its a scary comment to be making. Get a second opinion to try reassure you all. Is there any chance of improvement to ef? or can drugs help it at all?
If a person is 83 and has 25% heart function what are the risks of the surgery to put a pacemaker in?
If the heart enlarged and enlarging that could bring a bad ending, maybe soon. I have an echo every two years as I had mitral valve surgery to stop the atrium enlargement. That was in 2007 and my hear and I are getting along fairly well, well I'm still ALIVE, at least. My EF is about 60, but my atriums are about useless so I suffer some of the symptoms of low EF, dizziness when changing activity level from sitting to just standing up. My cardiologist doesn't see me in any risk of a near term death, in fact we just change for a checkup every 6 months to once a year. Good luck, keep a eye/check on the EF.