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Most patients with heart failure have diastolic dysfunction

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1065

Heart failure is caused by systolic dysfunction (poor contraction of the left ventricle with reduced ejection fraction), diastolic dysfunction (impaired relaxation with preserved ejection fraction), or a mixture of both. The latest researchers to study the relative importance of these features found …

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