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My brother is a professional basketball player.  Can you explain what his EF means?

My brother is an athlete and plays professional basketball in Italy. He went to the cardiologist in Italy and they said his heart is slightly bigger. It looks like his ejection fraction is 45%. Will he be able to play basketball later? What does all this mean? Does his EF have to be at a certain percentage?     

submitted Div from Arizona on 9/20/2012


Patrick J. Cook, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD    

It's something that clearly needs to be investigated further. It's important to try and find out WHY his pumping function is abnormal (normal EF is >55%). Until THOSE questions are answered, no one can say what it all means. 

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