Harvard Heart Letter

Diastolic heart failure

In diastolic heart failure, the left ventricle becomes thick and stiff. The symptoms are the same as those for systolic heart failure, but therapies proven to work for systolic heart failure don't necessarily work for diastolic heart failure. Scores of clinical trials investigating possible treatments for diastolic heart failure are ongoing, but solid results are still a ways off. In the meantime, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend controlling:
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