What’s in a Name, Systolic vs Diastolic Heart Failure: Definitions, Prevalence, Treatments and Nursing Consideration
Juliet Mock
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Define systolic and diastolic HFs, including the recognition of the physiologic differences between the two types of HF.
  • Discuss the various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for systolic and diastolic HFs, respectively.
  • Discuss the key components to nursing care and patient-family education with respect to the type of HF diagnosed.

Continuing Education Information

CE ID: GE06122
Total Contact Hours: 1.25
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 5/1/2014


Systolic and diastolic heart failures (HFs) are not synonymous with one another. Systolic HF is failure caused by a reduced ejection fraction (EF). On the other hand, diastolic HF is the failure with a preserved EF in the setting of impaired relaxation of the cardiac muscle, leading to impaired filling during diastole. Although the occurrence and diagnosis of systolic and diastolic HFs are almost equivalent, many still consider HF a condition of impaired pumping or systolic HF. This educational session addresses these gaps in knowledge regarding HF and provides a concise, yet comprehensive overview of systolic and diastolic HFs, evidence-based treatment guidelines and recommendations for each respective cause, and nursing considerations around patient care and patient-family education when

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Additional Information

Funded in part by a grant from GE Healthcare
This webcast was captured at the 2012 NTI held in Orlando, FL

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