Thursday, June 2, 2011

Diastolic CHF

Cardiologists have known for years that a patient may have a systolic ejection of over 55 percent and normal wall motion but still suffer from congestive heart failure.  Yes you heard me right.  Diastolic heart failure is a real entity, and it is not taken seriously by all medical professionals.  Recently, many papers have been published stressing the importance of treating diastolic dysfunction with medications, diet and exercise.  The long term effects of diastolic heart disease are devastating frequently leading up to chronic illnesses that are a challenge to treat from both a medical and an economical standpoint.

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