Confused about Stiff Heart, Diastolic Heart Failure, or HFpEF?

Nearly half of all patients with heart failure have a normal EF or ejection fraction. EF is a percentage of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction. Why is that?

To get some answers, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner (what better way to celebrate than by learning about your heart), we sat down with Mayo Clinic cardiologist and heart failure specialist, Dr. Farris Timimi. In this video, Dr. Timimi explains the phenomenon of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction or HFpEF.

Do you have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (sometimes called Stiff Heart or Diastolic Heart Failure)? What limitations have you experienced with a HFpEF diagnosis? What has helped you?

Hello All:

Just a note to let you know about a new clinical study at Mayo regarding Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction. This refers to percutaneous pericardial resection. Here is a link to a Connect discussion that will give you more information,


The doctor gave an excellent quick analysis of what HFpEF really means. Unfortunately, he was unable to provide any hope that there will be any relief to fixing this problem in the near future. Although Mayo has just started another clinical trial in this area. I believe at best it will be a Band-Aid. My personal experience with Mayo has been rather disappointing in this area. When they diagnosed me almost 4 years ago, they offered absolutely no relief end it has been like pulling teeth to obtain input from them in trying to help myself. Overwhelmingly, cardiologists in America concentrate on cardiovascular disease and are largely ignorant of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Let us hope that Mayo will address this need more aggressively.

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