Ejection Fraction Measurement and Heart Failure


heart failure is a term for a heart that is not able to pump enough blood out to the body when a heart problem like heart failure is suspected your health care provider may wish to order a test of your hearts ejection fraction or its ability to contract well and pump blood out to your body the ejection fraction compares the amount of blood in the chamber to the amount of blood pumped out the percentage pumped out is your hearts ejection fraction when your hearts ejection fraction is normal about 50 to 70% of the blood is pumped out of the chamber during each contraction with a normal ejection fraction your body has the blood supply it needs to perform your regular activities a borderline ejection fraction means that your heart is pumping out a little less than half of the volume of blood in the chamber with a borderline ejection fraction symptoms like shortness of breath may become noticeable during regular activities because oxygen-rich blood is not getting adequately pumped out to your body a reduced ejection fraction is when roughly 40 percent or less of the blood is pumped out of your heart with a reduced ejection fraction symptoms become noticeable and may even happen during rest performing normal activities becomes harder to do the good news is that many people are able to improve their ejection fraction and reduce symptoms with proper care and treatment talk to your health care provider about your options and if you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure tracking your symptoms can be an important part of living a longer and healthier life together we can rise above heart [Music] you [Music]

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