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How long can a person with cardiomyopathy and ef rate at 15% live ?

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how long can a person live with cardiomyopathy,chr systlic and distolic and ef rate at 15% also takes med for blood presser and diabetes husband is 49 has had 3 defibulatres/pace maker had a virise hit his heart 16 years a go
Posted Wed, 2 May 2012 in Valvular Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Kiran Kumar 42 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

Cardiomyopathy, in your case is most probably due to Post Viral sequelle.

Currently, there is Severe LV Dysfunction with EF ~ 15 %.

It is difficult to quantify in time duration, the length of survival in such patients. However, its mentioned that people who have severe LV Dysfunction, the 5 year survival is nearly 20 - 30 %.

If you have Pacemaker or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator inserted, then, the 5 year survival rates increase to nearly 60 %.

What is more common is frequent hospital admissions for recurrent pulmonary edema and heart failure.

You mentioned that he has a Defibrillator inserted. I am sure this will help in prolonging his survival.

He will need a close supervision with close monitoring of his medicines and diet to see that he does not develop any decompensation.

Hope this answers your query.

Please get back if you need any further information.

Thanks and Regards,

Dr Kiran
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