Diastolic heart failure: definitions and terminology

Prog Cardiovasc Dis. Mar-Apr 2005;47(5):307-13. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2005.02.006.


Patients with chronic heart failure can be divided into 2 broad categories: systolic heart failure and diastolic heart failure. There are significant differences in demographics, prognosis, left ventricular structure, as well as systolic and diastolic function between these 2 groups of patients. The purpose of this presentation is to define the terminology used to describe these 2 broad categories of heart failure and to characterize the functional measurements that constitute their pathophysiological mechanisms.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diastole / physiology*
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / classification*
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis
  • Heart Function Tests
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Systole / physiology*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Remodeling / physiology*