Heart Disease Community
is diastolic dysfunction the same as diastolic HF?
About This Community:

A community of people with Heart Disease to guide and support your heart-health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, nutrition, and management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

is diastolic dysfunction the same as diastolic HF?

I'm very concerned.

My echocardiogram which my doctor claimed showed "normal heart function" said in the conclusions that:

Normal Left Ventricular Size and systolic function.  
Diastolic dysfunction suggested by Doppler.
Mild elevation in pulmonary artery pressure suggested by Doppler.

This worries me b/c every time I google "Diastolic dysfunction" all that comes up is heart failure.

I know that DHF is HF with a normal EF (mine is 50) and normal systolic function and LV size.  I have all of those elements.

I don't have any of the signs of HF, although I have been experiencing light headedness and been short of breath on occasion.

Has anyone else had Diastolic dysfunction show up on their echo but who does not have HF?

Any info you have is appreciated.
Related Discussions
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I forgot to mention in this post that i know one of the causes of diastolic dysfunction is HBP, which I do have.  My BP runs anywhere from 118/80 to 145/95.  

As of today I am being treated with a beta blocker.  My hope is that this slows down or reverses the diastolic dysfunction.

Looking forward to your thoughts.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
just bumping this as I haven't rec'd an answer yet.  
Please help me!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
The difference between DD and DF if I remember right is pulmonary congestion fluid or blood back up in to the lungs and other organs.
Diastolic Dysfunction means there is some stiffness in the heart that that prevents it from filling with blood properly. Beta Blockers help the heart relax so it can fill with blood better and lower your BP.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I had diastolic dysfunction caused from high bp. My cardiologist says it is same as diastolic.heart failure. Once my diastolic bp was under control for.awhile I.was told it was resolved.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Diastolic dysfunction is different from diastolic heart failure. It only means that measurements made by Doppler during your echocardiogram exam showed evidence SUGGESTIVE of diastolic dysfunction (as stated in your report). These measurements need  to be interpreted in the context of how you feel. If you have symptoms of heart failure such as shortness of breath, inability to lie flat at night, swellings in your legs, then you might have diastolic heart failure. To answer your question, it is possible to have diastolic dysfunction without heart failure. However, the fact that your pulmonary artery pressure is mildly elevated does suggest that you might have diastolic heart failure. As you know, this condition is common in patients with high blood pressure and the treatment is a drug to lower your blood pressure, such as a beta-blocker.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Conjugated linoleic acid-induced to...
4 hrs ago by gymdandee
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Remedies for Arthritis Pain
8 hrs ago by gymdandee
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Ram1982 is ...HBsAg count is 5209 i... Comment
9 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway