A 32-year-old member asked:
What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?
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Dr. Luke Hermann answered
24 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Stiff heart muscle: Congestive heart failure can be divided into systolic and diastolic types. Systolic heart failure means the heart doesn't pump well enough because the muscles are weak and squeeze very well. Diastolic heart failure means the muscles of the heart are too stiff. As a result, the heart can't fill with blood very easily which also means it can't function as well as a pump.
Answered on Nov 6, 2011
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