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Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2013 Jan;46(1):71-9; quiz 80-1. doi: 10.1007/s00391-012-0345-z.

[Diastolic heart failure: heart failure with preserved ejection fraction].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Akutgeriatrie/Remobilisation, Landeskrankenhaus Gmunden, Miller-von-Aichholz-Str. 49, 4810, Gmunden. peter.dovjak@gespag.at

Abstract

The prognosis for patients with diastolic heart failure--heart failure with preserved ejection fraction--has not improved in the last few decades despite improvement of prognosis for all patients with heart failure. Diastolic dysfunction is a typical finding in elderly patients with heart failure. The diagnostic process is a challenge for clinicians who are often faced with comorbidities like COPD, osteoarthritis, sarcopenia, and diabetes. Classical treatment options fail to improve patients with diastolic heart failure; thus, a comprehensive and specific treatment plan is necessary.

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