Diastolic heart failure in the elderly

Jeffrey H. Barsuk, William G. Cotts*

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Heart failure with preserved left ventricular function is a common problem among elderly patients. Given that diastolic heart failure (DHF) occurs in up to 50% of all heart failure admissions, and that incidence increases with age, knowledge of current recommendations for its diagnosis and treatment are extremely important for the elderly population. Causes of DHF include the aging process itself, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, aortic stenosis, and hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. The patient with DHF may present with signs and symptoms similar to those observed in systolic heart failure. Treatment goals for the patient with DHF include achieving normal volume status, improving relaxation of the left ventricle, regression of hypertrophy if possible, and management of any co-morbidities that may aggravate the clinical status of patients with DHF. Hopefully, in the future, further data from randomized clinical trials will allow a more defined approach to care in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-221
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geriatric Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Aging
  • Diastolic dysfunction
  • Elderly
  • Heart failure
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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