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I was diagnosed with heart failure at a 20% ejection rate in January 2020. No heart disease. But I have left bundle branch blockage. After a period of exercise follow up echocardiogram showed 40% ejection rate. I am wondering if, given no heart disease, if I can beat this thing? I continued exercise whereas I work out 4 to 5 days a week on cardio equipment. I give the exercise the credit and diet of course. Thanks George

  1. Hi. George. Congratulations on improving your ejection fraction. That is so good to hear. We are unable to offer medical advice over the Internet, for your own safety of course. Great question. And a great question to ask your doctor who would have access to all of your medical information. What do you think? John. Community Moderator. heart-failure.net


    1. Hello George, I was diagnosed with CHF in 2005, also with left bundle branch blockage and no heart disease and about a 35% ejection rate. Most cardiologists will tell you that even with the general prognosis of CHF, every case is different. You seem to be doing a great job of managing CHF by exercising regularly.


      The first thing my cardiologist told me after my initial diagnosis was that he would help me strengthen my heart. Those words meant the world to me and helped me to stay optimistic during this long 16-year CHF journey. I exercise, try to eat healthy, take supplements, drink organic ACV and water 3 times daily, and most of all I pray fervently day and night. Thank God, I feel wonderful on most days!

      My word of advice to anyone living with CHF, in addition to following doctor's orders, is to plan to LIVE one day at a time.


      George, may you live a long satisfying life according to Psalms 91:16. God Bless You. --GM

      1. Thank you very much, GM. Our cases are very similar. Congrats on controlling this "bump" in the road for 16 years plus. My last echocardiogram was May 2020 that showed the 40% ejection fraction. Since then I have done a ton of exercising. I have another echo coming up in September. I am hoping to beat this thing and fall into the 55 to 65% normal range. Peace and blessings to you and your family/friends. George

        1. That's incredible Edward. You should be really proud of yourself, you are working really hard to get yourself feeling well, especially with a 55-65% ejection fraction! What's been your favorite exercise activity? ❤️ Best, Amani (Heart-Failure.net team)

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