maternal heart problems
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|Wed, 05-30-2007 - 2:27pm|
I had an echocardiagram last week and it showed my ejection fraction was down to 45%. This means my heart efficiency is down to 45% from 55% in August (55% or more is normal).
My internist was very concerned and my OB has made an appointment to see me next Tues. I see the perionatolgist tomorrow, so maybe somebody will give me a clue what to expect. Other than being extremely tired, I have no other symptoms and the baby seems to be moving and growing ok. My internist's nurse, who is a friend of mine, told me off the record that my internist and OB are planning for me to go on bedrest at 26 wks. I am only 23 wks, so thats a long time in bed, but I will do what I have to do.
All my internist told me was that this makes my pregnancy extremely high risk. He's become a good friend, too, and I could tell he was surprised by the results and concerned and did not want to scare me, which of course scares me even more. I have looked online and there is not a lot of information about pregnancy and low ef.
Has anyone heard of this? I'm pretty sure that I will get referred to a cardiolgist, but the waiting is stressful. I think its going to be a long summer.