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A 60-year-old female asked:

What is diastolic dysfunction ?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 48 years experience
Stiff heart muscle: The heart muscle is scarred and stiff, so it doesn't relax well in between beats.
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Dr. Donald Elton
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Diastolic dysf: This occurs when the heart muscle is stiffer than normal and more than a normal amount of pressure is required to fill the heart before it pumps the blood out. If the filling pressure gets too high it results in pulmonary edema and shortness of breath, particularly with exertion. Uncontrolled hypertension is a common cause and can be acute or chronic.
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