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What are treatments for diastolic dysfunction?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Diastolic dysfunction means that your heart is having trouble relaxing between beats. This limits the amount of blood the ventricles can collect for the next heartbeat. Since each contraction pumps less blood, the heart works harder to make up the shortfall.

While no treatment has yet been proven to prevent diastolic dysfunction from getting worse, several clinical trials are underway. In the meantime, your best bet is to make sure you have your blood pressure under control and pay attention to other cardiovascular risk factors such as weight, smoking, and diet. If you eat a lot of salty foods, cutting back on salt may help. Your doctor may recommend that you take certain medications, depending on your cardiac risk profile and any symptoms the diastolic dysfunction may be causing.
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