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I have congestive heart failure with EF at 42. Will this get normal with healthy diet?


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Answered by

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At August 21, 2018
Reviewed AtFebruary 17, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a healthy 50 year old man who worked out six days a week. About six weeks ago, I had chest pain and went to a hospital. I was admitted after having three blocked arteries, at 99, 93 and 88 percent, and successfully had three stents put in. Since released, I have turned to a vegan diet and eat fish, chicken, and greens. Would it be alright to have one cheat meal per week, aka steak, burger, Italian or would that do damage? Also, I have congestive heart failure with a fraction rate of 42. The doctor put me on Carvedilol and said with proper diet, exercise and meals, I can get that number back in the normal range in five to six months.

Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I would explain that heart failure is a clinical syndrome. EF (ejection fraction) is not the only element indicative of heart failure. It may differ based on the clinical situation and other parameters. I agree with your current therapy. I agree with your doctor that a healthy lifestyle is necessary to improve your situation. We cannot make predictions on your heart function, but we can hope that everything will be fine. Unfortunately, this is a chronic and serious medical condition, which cannot be cured. The optimization of the therapy and a healthy lifestyle can help improve your survival and improve your life quality.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ilir Sharka
Dr. Ilir Sharka


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