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My father’s heart is said to be working 25%. What does this mean?

Hi, my father was in the air force. He is still working in university. Recently he got some heart problem and doctor said his heart is working 25%. What does this mean? He is good, having no pain. His BP now under control. Please advise me. He is now taking medicine like advan, scart, and lizaorid. Please tell me how he can recover. Thanks.  

submitted by Imran from Pakistan on 4/07/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Maher M. Nasser, MD    

Maher M. Nasser, MD Your father has weakness of the heart muscle. The number they gave you is a measure of how efficient the heart functions as a pump. People may have this condition with minimal symptoms. They usually improve with treatment. Medicines you mentioned are either brand or commercial names, and not scientific to allow me to tell you what they do or how effective they are. I hope your father gets better.     

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Updated April 2013
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