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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    

George Younis, MDA weak heart is always a potentially serious condition, though sometimes heart function can recover with proper therapy.    

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Updated January 2014
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