Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
160 Doctors are Online

What does it mean if heart beats only 20 percent?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 1853 Questions
What does it mean when your heart only beats 20 percent?
Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 4 hours later

Thanks for your query.

Important aspects of your query are:
•     65 year old male
•     Known case of congestive heart failure and stroke

Heart beats count in beats per minute. So since you have mentioned it as percentage, I assume it to be the ejection fraction(A functional description/index of the heart).

Ejection fraction is measured in percentage. Ejection fraction is the fraction of Blood pumped out of the Right Ventricle of the heart to the Pulmonary Circulation (lungs) and Left Ventricle of the heart to the Systemic Circulation (brain and body) with each Heart beat or Cardiac cycle. The term ejection fraction thus applies to forward performance of both the right and left ventricles.

In a healthy man normal ejection fraction is between 55-70%. If Ef is 20%, it indicate severily compromised heart function leading to congestive cardiac failure. The ejection fraction may decrease if: there is weakened heart muscle, such as dilated cardiomyopathy; a heart attack has damaged the heart; there are heart valve problems; there is long-standing, uncontrolled high blood pressure.

I hope my answer has been both informative and helpful for you. In case of any doubt, I will be available for follow ups.

Wishing your father a speedy recovery.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor