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What is left-sided heart failure?

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Left-sided heart failure happens when the left ventricle is larger and pumps more of the heart's blood. This type of heart failure is broken down into two categories:

  • Systolic failure, where the left ventricle is too weak to push enough blood
  • Diastolic failure, where the left ventricle is too stiff, can't relax, and can't fill with blood normally

From: What Is Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?" "Types of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure," "Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure."

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

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

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure, Causes."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 22, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?" "Types of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure," "Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure."

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

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

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure, Causes."

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 22, 2017

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