Diastolic Heart Failure
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OUR APPROACH TO TREATMENTHouston 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.
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.
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- AFib, (atrial fibrillation), or irregular heart beat
- Obesity or being overweight
- Sleep apnea
- Coronary artery disease, or plaque buildup in arteries
- Kidney disease
- Shortness of breath
- Leg and abdomen swelling
- Constant fatigue
- Echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the heart
- ECG (electrocardiogram)
- Chest X-ray
- Blood tests
- Right-heart catheterization with exercise using a supine bicycle
- 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