Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Myths and facts about diastolic heart failure

The misconceptions cited in this article from the green journal aren't complete myths, but the article highlights some of the oversimplifications in our thinking on the subject.

My take home points after reading this article are: 1) heart failure, whether systolic or diastolic, is a clinical diagnosis and not one made by echo; 2) the pathophysiology and mechanisms of symptom production are complex and go beyond diastolic relaxation properties of the left ventricle; and the distinction between systolic and diastolic dysfunction is not as sharp is commonly perceived.

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