378273 tn?1262097621

Borderline ejection fraction

I recently found out my EF went from 60 (last year) to 50. I also have severe atrial enlargement (doc's words, not mine) and moderate regurtigation (sp?)  I am now in constant Afib since surgery for 3 ankle fractures after a fainting episode. I take warfarin and metoprolol. Had one cardiovert which didn't take. Cardio wants to put me on amiodarone and do another cardiovert which I don't really want.  Ablation not an option according to cardio.  

My question is, can I still jog with slow low EF?  I feel much better now. HR varies from 60 to 80 and the afibs are settling down since the surgery (8 months ago)  
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995271 tn?1463924259
If you're in constant a-fib, how is it that the a-fib is "settling down".
meaning I can go for 10 to 15 beats without any skipping. When they are active every single beat feels like a double beat - kind of hard to explain.
1756321 tn?1547095325
A study published in the journal Panminerva Medica demonstrates PycnoQ10®, a pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark extract) and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) combination, naturally improves heart function. The 12 weeks study results showed heart ejection fraction increased by 22.4% in the treatment group but only 4% in controls.
Good to know. :)
1756321 tn?1547095325
Just to add, I worsened my existing magnesium deficiency after surgery (any type of stress uses up more magnesium). Not enough magnesium affects heart rhythm (magnesium deficiency can cause afib). It was 2 years after surgery before I figured out I had a severe magnesium deficiency! smh.
11548417 tn?1506080564
A lower EF in itself is afaik not a reason to stop jogging.
It might be that you experience the limitations that the lower EF brings with it, so that you will need to jog at a lower speed that you used to do.

Moderate regurgitation is also not a reason to become inactive.

I do not know if the afibs might be a reason to take it easier.

Imo, physical activity keeps the heart in good shape and should therefore be encouraged unless there is a very good reason not to. Your cardiologist can best advise you what is best for you.
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