Ejection Fraction and Heart Failure (Video)


When patients have heart failure, their physicians may tell them that they have an ejection fraction of a certain number. The ejection fraction (EF) is a measure of how well the heart squeezes and is one of many tools used to assess heart failure.

In this whiteboard session, Robert Hobbs, MD, cardiologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation Medicine at the Heart & Vascular Institute, outlines normal to severe EF ranges. You may be surprised to learn that although many patients become fixated on EF measures, physicians are generally more concerned about how the patient is feeling and doing.

  • Kelly Luke

    I always ate butter. Makes sense, it’s real. Tastes better. I like salt. Red meat doesn’t always agree with me, same with too much dairy. Sad, I love ice cream. I didn’t always listen to the latest scientific findings. I use MY common sense. Which is not always reliable. So I investigate when I need to.

  • Alba Leclerc

    In other words… eat Italian, not Itamerican.