Diastolic Heart Failure occurs when the heart muscle becomes too enlarged and stiff to pump enough blood to the body. Heart failure decreases blood flow through the heart and blood flow to the body. Check out this heart failure guide for nursing students. Click through for your complete guide to left-sided heart failure for nursing school.
Systolic Heart Failure = The inability to expel sufficient blood, has a decreased ejection fraction. You might feel a displaced apical impulse or hear an S3. Causes: Decreased contractility (ischemia, MI, chronic mitral regurg), Increased afterload (aortic stenosis, hypertensive crisis)