Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and diastolic heart failure.

  title={Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and diastolic heart failure.},
  author={William H. Gaasch and Michael R. Zile},
  journal={Annual review of medicine},
Thirty to fifty percent of patients presenting with signs and symptoms of heart failure have a normal left ventricular (LV) systolic ejection fraction. The clinical examination cannot distinguish these patients (diastolic heart failure) from those with a depressed ejection fraction (systolic heart failure), but echocardiography can. The management of diastolic heart failure has two major objectives. The first is to reverse the consequences of diastolic dysfunction (e.g., venous congestion), and… CONTINUE READING


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