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What is the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure and congestive heart failure?

What is the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure and congestive heart failure?

Weak versus stiff: Congestive heart failure is a general term referring to when the heart is no longer available to pump blood effectively enough to support the needs of the body. Systolic failure is the more common situation where the heart pumps weakly, while diastolic failure refers to inability of the heart to relax and expand normally, as in the case of severe hypertrophy or muscular overgrowth. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


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What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?

What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?

Related: The heart has to squeeze effectively, but also has to be able to relax inbetween squeezing to allow adequate filling. If it can't relax that is considered diastolic heart failure. Congestive heart failure can be either systolic (the squeezing action) or diastolic (the relaxing function). Impairment of either one or both can lead to congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments including medications and procedures. Patients with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist. It may also help to get a second opinion here on HealthTap to review treatment options. ...Read more

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How can you cure diastolic heart failure?

How can you cure diastolic heart failure?

Cure diastolic CHF: There is no cure and currently the only treatments aside from experimental are to work on causes such as controlling hypertension, avoiding obesity, treating sleep apnea. Avoiding tachycardia may also be helpful. ...Read more

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What are some characteristics of diastolic heart failure?

What are some characteristics of diastolic heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Most commonly, shortness of breath with exertion. In advanced cases, you may have leg swelling and at times, people with very high blood pressure may have chest pains as well. ...Read more

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Diastolic heart failure I have been recently diagnosed with diastolic heart failure. What can I do to prolong my life? Can I slow the thickening?

Diastolic heart failure

I have been recently diagnosed with diastolic heart failure.  What can I do to prolong my life?  Can I slow the thickening?

Diastolic failure: In order to do the best you can with diastolic heart failure, you need to take your medicines as order, follow a low salt diet, and get exercise as tolerated by you. In contrast to systolic heart failure, we don't have drugs which have proven to prolong life for this type of failure. ...Read more

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What are the long term consequences of acute on chronic diastolic heart failure?

What are the long term consequences of acute on chronic diastolic heart failure?

Depends: I assume you mean chronic diastolic heart failure with acute exacerbation.It's what happens in diastolic heart failure-subject to intermittent acute exacerbation. It is particularly sensitive to heart rate and fluid volume.sudden death is another consequence besides heart failure. Atrial fibrillation is common and therefore stroke risk. Others die from comoerbiditieswhich are frequent such as kidney ...Read more

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Can diastolic heart failure be seen on an echocardiogram?

Can diastolic heart failure be seen on an echocardiogram?

Yes: Yes, echocardiography is ideal to diagnose diastolic heart failure. ...Read more

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

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

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 ... ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and tests for diastolic heart failure? My EKG is irregular, echo seemed okay, I was told I have a sinus tach from a reg place.

What are the symptoms and tests for diastolic heart failure? My EKG is irregular, echo seemed okay, I was told I have a sinus tach from a reg place.

Confused: Hello, again, undiagnosed1! Diastolic heart failure is present when heart failure is confirmed (by symptoms, chest x-ray, and sometimes b-natriuretic peptide measurement (bnp)) in the presence of normal systolic function (ejection fraction>55%). Sinus tach is a regular rhythm so if your ekg is irregular, you have something else or in addition to sinus tach. ...Read more

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I've had breathlessness on exertion for years, but it's getting worse. Echo EF & BNP both normal. How is diastolic heart failure diagnosed/ruled out?

I've had breathlessness on exertion for years, but it's getting worse. Echo EF & BNP both normal. How is diastolic heart failure diagnosed/ruled out?

Nonsystolic HF: Nonsystolic heart failure or diastolic dysfunction means that the heart is operating inefficiently in the relaxation phase. This occurs because of damage to heart muscle by untreated hypertension, or from other causes. Exertional breathlessness has many other causes besides heart failure, & if you've had the heart checked already it may be time to look at lungs etc. A consult on HealthTap may help ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between coronary artery disease & congestive heart failure?

Please help! What is the difference between coronary artery disease & congestive heart failure?

Blocked arteries vs.: Coronary artery disease typically refers to atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. Atherosclerosis blocks the coronary arteries. Congestive heart failure is heart disease that restricts the heart's ability to deliver oxygen to the body, typically with increased filling pressure of the heart (causing fluid backup, or congestion.). ...Read more

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What is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease or do you have both?

What is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease or do you have both?

Different problems: Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. (http://1. Usa. Gov/lrisvf) congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. (http://1. Usa. Gov/lrirha). ...Read more

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There: what is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease in a diabetic?

CHF: Is typically caused by a weakened heart muscle or one that "relaxes" poorly whereas CAD is caused by cholesterol plaques in coronary arteries. Frequently CAD is present with chf. Diabetics are at great risk for getting cad. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure?

Is there a difference between coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure?

Yes: Coronary artery disease means the arteries of the heart have partial or complete blockage. Congestive heart failure means the heart musle is weak and not pumping blood well enough and fluid back up into the lungs. Often patients with congestive heart failure have coronary artery disease, but not always. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Can you tell me the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Disease vs symptom: Coronary artery disease is cholesterol build up in the coronary arteries. CHF is a symptom complex of shortness of breath. Unable to lay flat. Waking up short of breath and decrease exercize tolerence. It usually occurs when blood backs up in the lungs as a result of the heart not working efficiently. CHF is not a diagnosis as there are many causes and a source should be found. ...Read more

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I am a 58 yo male, I have diastolic congestive heart failure. Is it safe for me to masturbate?

I am a 58 yo male, I have diastolic congestive heart failure. Is it safe for me to masturbate?

Probably; but treat.: It's probably best to treat heart failure before engaging in strenuous activities. While there's no direct evidence that masturbation is harmful, history has examples of cardiac events occurring during arousal. Heart failure, while incurable (ie, heart won't go back to way it was before without medications), is also treatable (medications DO restore some function). So get it treated 1st, then TTYD ...Read more

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Just discovered I have grade 3 diastolic congestive heart failure.EF is normal How serious is that and is it progressive?

Just discovered I have grade 3 diastolic congestive heart failure.EF is normal How serious is that and is it progressive?

Quite serious. : It means your heart is stiff and does not relax. Although the heart still beats with good force but the heart does not relax so that it gets filled. That results some times in cardiac failure. ...Read more

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Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

CHF: If you mean MI with heart attack it is a rare combination but if you mean sudden arrhythmias leading to sudden death with congestive heart failure, it is more common than MI. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered. ...Read more

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Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exercise and always addressing the root cause of the problem. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also, medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors — often end with . Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart.
Some other diseases damage heart as well!
Viral, rheumatic, infections etc
when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure.
— In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggestive of heart failure ...Read more

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Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards a diagnosis of heart failure but can not fully diagnose it. You may be confusing the term heart failure with heart disease. Ask you doctor about further specifics. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with ...Read more