Left Ventricular Dysfunction

What is Left Ventricular Dysfunction?

Left Ventricular Dysfunction (LVD) is a condition where one of the four chambers of the heart, the left ventricle, fails to pump out an adequate amount of blood with each contraction. This can lead to low oxygen levels throughout the body as the bloodstream fails to provide enough blood to the tissues. Left ventricular dysfunction can stem from a variety of heart issues, such as coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and valvular diseases.

Symptoms of Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Symptoms of left ventricular dysfunction can vary depending on the cause and severity of the condition, but may include:

  • Shortness of breath during physical activity or at rest
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness or fainting

Diagnosis and Treatment for Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Left ventricular dysfunction is typically diagnosed with imaging tests such as an echocardiogram, nuclear stress test, or MRI scan. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the condition, and may include lifestyle modifications, medications, or surgery. Additionally, cardiac rehabilitation may be recommended to improve the overall quality of life.