Last week I had to go in for some medical tests. Since I had my heart bypass surgery in November 2016, this is a very normal thing for me. It seems I am visiting doctors or having tests done every week, sometimes multiple times per week. Hopefully that will slow down soon, and I think it will.
Well, last time I saw my cardiologist, about 2 weeks ago, he told me to go to the lab and have a 2D Echo Cardiogram done. That is a test that is kind of like an ultrasound of your heart. I am only a layman, and I don’t know everything about the test, but I know that it tests the functionality of your heart, makes sure that it is strong, etc.
Since I had a heart attack in June 2016, there are 7 times that I have had a 2D Echo test! It is getting old!
It always seems like the part of the test that the doctors seem to watch closely is the EF%, or the Ejection Fraction. My understanding is that the Ejection Fraction measures what percentage of the blood in your heart is ejected when the heart contracts. I have been told that a normal range is 55% to 70% or so.
In the past, my EF has always been in the mid-40s, which is too low! It showed that my heart was not functioning well enough!
Well, this past week, when I had my latest 2D Echo, my EJ% was up to 68%, which is great! I am very excited and happy about that.
I have to go see my cardiologist this week, and will get his full review of the test at that time, but for now I am celebrating!
It feels good to see my health on the upswing!
Thanks for all of your support, friends! It is greatly appreciated and very helpful!