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Hi, Fred. Finally got back from the doctor's office; my blood test was good — recovery to good coagulation was documented! Glad to know a bit more about your situation and what worries you.

I share enlarged heart with you, even the thickening of the heart muscle on the side, which is better than on the point. I hope that yours, like mine, doesn't even warrant an EF test — a measurement of the "ejection fraction" of the amount of blood that is pumped out of your heart every second or so. For me, a trip to the hospital (especially the emergency room) has not seemed necessary despite sweating, anxiety, and shortness of breath. Your anxiety prompts me to ask what you can pass along about your medication. Some common meds trigger anxieties, but anxieties also are a normal reaction when an organ puts out some strange movements or pain.

It would be good idea to have a talk with your cardiologist about your symptoms and, in particular, what symptoms might be risky enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. I hope you can call the cardiologist and have a brief discussion on these points, but if not, I hope you can find another physician or medical care organization to check you out.

Here at Mayo Connect, we're not equipped to give specific medical advice, because we're patients with some experience but neither trained medical experts nor able to imagine your problems without direct examination. Can we help you find a path to a medical team that would ease your concerns and give you a good picture of your status? Martin

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Does anyone know what the "normal" EF percentage is? At what % should it be a concern?