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Can my EF improve to a higher percentage?  Should I see a cardiologist? 

My echocardiogram shows concentric LVH, EF 55% and everything else is normal. I am 64 and if I take good care of myself, lose weight, exercise daily, avoid salt, and take my BP pills, including an extra one my doctor prescribed per my doctor's recommendations, can the EF improve to a higher percentage or not?  The other question is, if I am seeing my doctor, not a cardiologist, do you recommend me to see a cardiologist? Thank you.

submitted by Elsa from Miami, Florida on 9/22/2012

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberto Lufschanowski, MD  

Roberto Lufschanowski, MDDear Elsa: The EF [ejection fraction] of 55% is normal. You do not need to improve it.  In general, your primary doctor seems sufficient. Sincerely.  

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