Ejection fraction not on quarterly report

I see other posters to this forum talking about ejection fraction all the time.  But I don't see any mention of it in the latest report from my PM monitor, and I don't believe the cardiologists' office has ever mentioned it when I've been in there for a PM check.  Is there a hidden code for EF on a St. Jude monitor report, that I just don't recognize what it is?



by Gemita - 2024-02-09 13:51:53

Lillian, the monitoring report you receive is for your pacing only, looking for things like % atrial or ventricular pacing, events like an arrhythmia or high heart rates.  It will not give you your ejection fraction.  If you are concerned about any symptoms, you should speak to your EP (electrophysiologist) or cardiologist.  

The ejection fraction will be found on any echocardiogram report or other imaging, perhaps a cardiac MRI for example, that you may have had in the past or recently?

Do you know whether you have had a recent echocardiogram?  If you are concerned about the function of your heart or any symptoms, I would speak to your doctors and find out when you last had an echocardiogram done?  Good luck

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by Buzbuz9 - 2024-02-09 13:56:07

Hey Lillian,

Ejection fraction is a percentage measurment of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction.  It isn't able to be measured or tracked by a PM instead through a test/exam called an echocardiogram. It is the same/similar technology used for an ultrasound. Depending you your medical history and heart conditions you may not need to get echos done and your doctor wouldn't mention it. I typically only get one done every 1-2 years, but again that all depends on your specific heart/medical conditions. Hope this helped :)


by dwelch - 2024-02-17 03:28:43

As everyone else says the EF comes from an echo (like an ultrasound but for looking at the heart).  Your bio says device 1 implant 2021.  You have a LONG way to go before worrying about EF, unless you had an echo before your pacer and one of the things they are tryhing to manage is your EF.   At the peak of my EF creeping down into the 30s/40s before switching to a biventrical (on fifth device, paced for 36 years) I was getting one a year.  Now that it is back up into the 50s we stopped.  We are doing one this year but it has been a few I think since the last one.


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