Tom's heart attack was five months ago. Totally out of the blue, he staggered in clutching his chest - within a few minutes my 73 year old husband was being attended to by paramedics and immediately rushed to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester for four stents and a lifetime of medication. The NHS and team were brilliant and saved his life and we shall be forever grateful. Rehab has been a bit slow forthcoming, but he seems now to be 'in the system' with classes in the offing and appointments for the future.
However, we've researched and learned the score. A permanently damaged heart muscle and poor ejection fraction (40-ish) has called for gentle progressive exercise, careful diet and diligent pill taking. A steep learning curve, but sites such as this, books and cautious googling are hopefully steering us along. Just under three stone in weight loss (a good thing), with blood tests showing healthy cholesterol levels, low glucose and good enough blood pressure. A bit low, if anything. And two months ago he had a stress perfusion MRI with results last week.
To be honest, with his exercise levels creeping up to a good three miles most days, he wasn't breathless, looks really well, active ...we were privately feeling smug about hearing good news. But learned his ejection fraction was still just 41.
So what's that about? Could it be that a two month old MRI might already be outdated? Is it that his 'floppy' damaged heart muscle (which I believe can't repair) causes this low EF? Can the EF improve despite some permanent damage? Does it really matter or can life still go on okay as it is? Would be interested to read others' thoughts - thanks!