Echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function and diagnosis of diastolic heart failure

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Asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction in the general population is common, even in patients without congestive heart failure,1,2 and the prevalence of moderate to severe diastolic dysfunction in asymptomatic patients increases in patients >65 years old with associated hypertension and coronary artery disease.2 The presence of diastolic dysfunction alone predicts worse outcome, with worse prognosis as the degree of diastolic dysfunction increases.2 Thus, it is important to identify and treat underlying problems (most frequently, hypertension) in patients with diastolic dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiastolic Heart Failure
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781846288906
StatePublished - 2008


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