DO YOU KNOW what the Ejection Fraction (EF) is? Do you know your score?
Ejection fraction, or EF, is the proportion, fraction, or
percentage of blood pumped out of your heart with each beat. A normal heart
pumps out a little more than half the heart's volume of blood with each
beat — a normal EF is 55 percent or higher. An echocardiogram, which
creates a moving picture of your heart using harmless soundwaves, or a
nuclear medicine test that shows how well your heart is pumping can be used
to measure your EF.
How is the Ejection fraction score calculated?
During each heartbeat, the heart contracts and relaxes. When
your heart contracts, it pushes blood out of the two pumping chambers
(ventricles). When your heart relaxes, the ventricles refill with blood.
The term “ejection fraction” refers to the percentage of blood that’s
pumped out of a filled ventricle with each heartbeat. This percentage helps
your healthcare provider determine if you have heart failure or other kinds of heart
Questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider:
§Should I be
concerned with my EF number?
§Do I need to have
my EF rechecked?
§Is there anything
I should do
about my EF?
§What else can I do
to monitor my heart health?
§Do I need
additional tests or
§Do I need to see
another doctor who specializes in heart rhythm?
§When should my EF
be checked next?
Early Sign of Heart Failure A
low EF number is an early sign of heart failure. This is a
condition where the heart doesn't pump enough blood to the rest of the
body. With treatment, many people live well with heart failure. So if you have a low EF, it is important that you recognize the signs of heart
failure, which may include:
swelling in the
A low EF can also cause irregular heartbeat, which can make
your heart stop pumping suddenly. Depending on your EF score, your
healthcare provider may prescribe medications. But there is a lot you can
do to improve how well your heart pumps.
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This information is
not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow
your healthcare professional’s instructions.