Diastolic Heart Failure

OUR APPROACH TO TREATMENT

Houston Methodist cardiologists work with teams of pulmonologists and other experts to diagnose and treat diastolic heart failure, which is associated with aging and gradually worsens without proper identification.

The heart failure program at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center performs advanced diagnostics and testing, especially right-heart catheterization with exercise, which significantly increases the chances of correctly diagnosing our patients.

Definition
The heart contracts normally, but the ventricles are stiff or do not properly relax. This results in less blood entering the heart during normal filling and causes fluid buildup in the lungs while performing activities.

Causes
Symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg and abdomen swelling
  • Constant fatigue
Diagnostics
Treatments
  • Correcting underlying causes such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea
  • Making lifestyle adjustments, including exercising and restricting salt and fluid intake
  • Taking medicines to control high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems and fluid buildup
  • Implanting wireless devices (cardioMEMS) to monitor and transmit real-time pulmonary artery pressure changes to nurses and doctors

TREATMENT LOCATIONS

Our physicians at Houston Methodist specialize in managing diastolic heart failure at the following convenient locations: