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Can high blood pressure cause systolic heart failure?

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Yes. Your heart has to work harder to pump more blood through your body. With that extra work, your heart muscle gets thicker and doesn't work as well.

From: What Is Systolic Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Types," "Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Heart failure (Beyond the Basics)."

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?"  "Types of Heart Failure," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Baptist Health: "Systolic Heart Failure."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Heart Failure?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Types," "Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Heart failure (Beyond the Basics)."

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?"  "Types of Heart Failure," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Baptist Health: "Systolic Heart Failure."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Heart Failure?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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