Systolic Heart Failure

Systolic heart failure is a condition that occurs when the left ventricles do not contract normally. There are four stages in systolic heart failure. Systolic heart failure is also known as heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Due to this heart failure, the heart cannot pump sufficient blood into circulation. Chest pain, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, etc., are the symptoms of this condition. Treatment is done with medications to manage symptoms, and surgeries such as cardiac resynchronization therapy, coronary bypass surgery, heart pumps, heart transplant, etc., are done based on the severity of the condition.

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My father has ventricular systolic dysfunction. Can you suggest precautionary measures to prevent it from worsening?

Query: Hi doctor, My father had breathing problems and experienced shortness of breath. He took an echocardiogram (ECHO), and the report mentions left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 31 %. The cardiologist has given medications. Now he does not have b...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to He should continue medicines and remain compliant with these. Other precautions are to reduce salt intake; if there is fluid overload, then reduce liquids intake. Regularly get blood tests done, including renal function tests and electrolytes tests. These medici...  Read Full »

Please explain my father's heart problem from the medical report.

Query: Hi doctor, My father has diabetes¬†for the past 15 years and he is suffering from heart problem for the past four years. Recently he was admitted to the hospital due to severe breathing problem, sudden fainting, loss of appetite and water accumulation in the stomach and legs. After taking treatment ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After careful review, I can appreciate well the sensitivity of the issues you and your family is suffering from. Your father seems to have left heart failure (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that landed him twice in the hospital. He is having the...  Read Full »

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