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What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure means that your heart does not pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. How well your heart is pumping out blood with each beat is measured by an ejection fraction (EF).
There are two types of Heart Failure:
Systolic Heart Failure
A weak heart muscle is know as systolic heart failure. Your heart doesn't pump out all the blood of the left ventricle (the main pump of the heart). Your ejection fracture (EF) is 40% or less.
Diastolic Heart Failure
When your heart is thick and stiff, you have diastolic failure. Your EF may be normal (over 40%), but your heart resists filling with blood because it cannot relax.
Heart Failure Video
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Causes of Heart Failure can include:
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