Ejection Fraction - Doubt

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   Posted 9/20/2013 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   

40 yrs male here. No past cardiac related history. I'm normally slim, but leading a sedentary life style. Non-smoker, non-drinker, vegetarian. No major physical activities, with terrible stress, anxiety and worries.

During a general health checkup, the echo reading for EFR came as 60%. All the other readings were intact and normal, with one impression saying "reduced diastolic compliance". The ECG was normal showing 84 bpm.

1. Is it normal to have 60% as EFR for my age? My elder siblings who are 10 yrs older than me are having 75%.

2. The doctor says it is age related and nothing to get worried on "reduced diastolic compliance", especially when all the other readings are within the reference range. When asked about follow-up, he says I can do the tests again only after 2 or 3 years. Is he right? How periodically, we should do the cardiac tests?

3. I was having cold and fever and taking antibiotics and anti-depressants 1 or 2 days before the echo test. Can this impact the echo reading?

4. Can dieting, too much water intake, stress, depression, anxiety, constant worry impact the EFR?

5. What are the ways I can keep the heart health, and maintain good EFR?


Post Edited (David5010) : 9/20/2013 8:01:53 AM (GMT-6)

Miss spice bomb
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   Posted 9/20/2013 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm no doctor but I'm pretty sure 60% Ejection fraction is quite normal!!

I'm not sure if Anxiety can affect the EF but I sure do know that stress and anxiety can have an impact on our health!!
But by the sounds of it your just fine!! :-)

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   Posted 9/21/2013 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Normal ejection fraction is 55% - 70%. Ejection fraction is usually expressed as a percentage. A normal heart pumps a little more than half the heart’s blood volume with each beat.
The echo says you have an EF (ejection fraction) of 60% which falls in the normal range. Your EF is the amount of blood your heart pumps out of your left ventricle with each beat. Since the left ventricle is the largest and main pumping chamber of your heart, physicians measure this to help determine the blood flow to the rest of the body.
Take a deep breath now and just know that this  echo was reported as normal, and I would not push for another one at his point unless your doc orders one. If you're not comfortable with this, second opinions are the only way to feel better.

Hope this helped a bit. Take care of yourself.
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   Posted 9/25/2013 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt.

Though my EFR is normal, I'm curious too know why it is lower when compared with my siblings who are 10 yrs older than me, especially when my physique and habits are good (excluding extreme stress and anxiety)?
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