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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Data from a 15-year period show that the prevalence of a particular type of heart failure - heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, also known as diastolic heart failure - is increasing. This type of heart failure now accounts for more than half of heart failure cases, according to Mayo Clinic research published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. An editorial accompanies this research, as well as another study on the same topic.
Nearly 5 million Americans are living with heart failure. Heart failure refers to symptoms of shortness of breath, exercise intolerance and fluid retention, which …