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My mom's heart is working 25%. Is this serious?
My mom went into hospital for a severe infection of her kidney. They have now put her in ICU because she was having problems breathing. They did a heart ultrasound and now have stated that her heart only works 25 percent, and that her heart is not pumping properly. Is this serious? She is having a nuclear test tomorrow to determine more information. Can one die from this?
submitted by Melissa from New Jersey
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD
A weak heart is always a potentially serious condition, though sometimes heart function can recover with proper therapy.
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Updated January 2014