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if left ejection fraction is maintained in diastolic heart failure, why is the cardiac output decreased?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Think stiffness: In diastolic dysfunction, the heart muscle tends to be stiff, so that it doesn't "relax" well and fill with blood. So even if the heart can pump blood forward OK, if it doesn't fill up appropriately, then it won't function optimally ...
Answered on Apr 17, 2019

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