Heart Failure



Diagnosis & Treatment of Diastolic Heart Failure

How is diastolic heart failure diagnosed?

The main difference between diastolic heart failure and systolic heart failure is that the heart of a patient with diastolic heart failure has a normal ability to pump out blood. This is measured by ejection fraction, the percentage of blood pumped—or...
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Systolic Heart Failure

Is the outcome better with systolic heart failure than with diastolic heart failure?

Heart failure is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. There is ongoing debate as to whether or not people with systolic heart failure have a worse chance of surviving than people with diastolic...
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Diastolic Heart Failure

What is diastolic heart failure?

Diastolic heart failure is a form of heart failure in which the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) have become too stiff to relax and expand to fill with enough blood (blood-filling problems). This causes the heart to pump less blood, resulting in the backup...
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Diagnosis & Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure

How is systolic heart failure diagnosed?

It is difficult to tell the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure based on medical history and a physical examination alone. The main difference between these two forms of heart failure is that a patient with systolic heart failure...
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