Low Heart Pumping (LVEF%).
Written By Dr. Rakesh Kathiriya, Medical Director - Saaol Heart Center Surat.
What is Heart Pumping (EF%)?
Heart pumping also called Ejection Fraction (EF%) is a measurement used by physicians to determine how well your heart is functioning. An EF is a percentage of blood that is pumped out of the heart during each beat.
- "Ejection" refers to the amount of blood that is pumped out of the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, during each heartbeat.
- "Fraction" refers to the fact that, even in a healthy heart, some blood always remains within this chamber after each heartbeat.
- An EF is a percentage of blood that is pumped out of the heart during each beat.
- Ejection fraction is a key indicator of heart health.
- Physicians assess the extent of heart muscle damage by measuring the left ventricular ejection fraction.
Diagnose - How to Check Heart Pumping?
EF is often measured by a simple, painless test called an echocardiogram (2D Echo Report). A special imaging machine uses sound waves to create a videotaped image of the heart, showing the four chambers of the heart, the valves and how well the heart is pumping.
Ejection Fraction Numbers:
|50-75%||Heart's Pumping Ability is Normal.|
|36-49%||Heart's Pumping Ability is Below Normal.|
|35% and Below||Heart's Pumping Ability is Low.|
What is Low Heart Pumping (Low EF%)?
A low EF% suggests problems with the heart's pumping function and may be associated with symptoms of heart failure. This is a condition where the heart does not pump enough blood to the rest of the body. If you have a low EF%, it is important that you recognize the signs of heart failure, which may include:
- Breathlessness while walking or rest
- Fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
- Swelling in the feet
A low EF can also be associated with abnormal heart rhythms, which can make your heart, pump even less effectively. If you have heart disease, your doctor will check your EF periodically, closely monitoring your condition.
Precautions in Low Heart Pumping condition.
Depending on your EF number, your doctor may make recommendations to help you improve your EF. In some cases, medication may be prescribed. There are also other things you can do to improve how you feel.
- Limit Salt – Limiting salt (sodium) to 2,000 mg a day is an important part of maintaining a healthy heart and treating heart failure. With a low EF, your kidneys get less blood than they should. This makes them unable to rid the body of excess water and salt. Eating too much salt can lead to even more fluid buildup. It also increases your blood pressure, which makes an already weakened heart work harder.
- Manage Your Fluids – With a low EF, blood can back up in your lungs and force fluid into the breathing spaces, making it difficult to breathe. Excess fluid can also cause weight gain and swelling. Your doctor will recommend the amount of fluids you should have daily.
- Exercise Regularly – Exercise can help strengthen your heart and improve how well it pumps blood to the rest of the body. All it takes is 30 minutes a day of activity, even if that activity is walking. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you.
- Pay attention to your weight.
- Lower Your Stress.
- Join a Cardiac Rehab Program.
- No alcohol & Smoking.
- Avoid Over exertion (Uphill stairs).
- Avoid fermented food such as baking soda over fried food.
Scientific Treatment For Low Heart Pumping.
Low heart pumping or Heart Failure condition is Treatable with EECP Treatment. EECP also called “Enhanced external Counter Pulsation” is a device, which synchronize with patient’s ECG and pumps blood from legs towards the heart. This machine helps to grow new small blood vessels in the heart, which helps the heart to pump more blood to the body.
This Treatment is US-FDA Approved, Surgery Free, Pain Free, Side Effects Free & does not require Hospitalization.
This treatment usually takes 35 to 38 sessions and result of this treatment can be seen in 2D Echo Report. Contact saaol Heart Center on 02612242256 or call on +919714210111 to know more about this treatment.