What Is Diastolic Heart Failure?
There are several causes for diastolic heart failure. High blood pressure is thought to be one of the primary causes, along with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Some other causes include coronary artery disease and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Aging itself is also thought to be a cause, but the reason is somewhat mysterious. Scientists believe there is some specific thing that happens as people age that leads to the disorder, but that exact physical change is currently unknown.
When treating diastolic heart failure, doctors will generally take a two-pronged approach. They will normally try lessening symptoms along with attacking the underlying cause of the illness. For example, if the disease is caused by high blood pressure, the patient would be treated with high blood pressure medication, and at the same time, they would take medicine to reduce the congestion in their lungs. For some patients, aerobic exercise can also be very beneficial. There haven't been very many clinical trials in relation to diastolic heart failure treatment methods, so patients have to rely on the experience and judgment of their individual physicians.
For many years, doctors were unable to accurately diagnose this disease, so there is a general lack of data about survival rates.
Some studies have shown that patients who arenít showing specific symptoms have a much higher mortality rate than those that do, and this is probably because they donít always receive aggressive treatment. Another problem is that sometimes the actual cause of the disease can be difficult to detect. In cases where the underlying cause isnít obvious, some doctors donít always do enough testing, and they may end up using the wrong medications or weak dosages.