Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and diastolic heart failure are conditions that affect the filling dynamics of the heart and affect 36% of patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure [1]. Although this condition is very prevalent, it currently remains difficult to diagnose due to inherent atrio-ventricular compensatory mechanisms including increased heart rate, increased left ventricular (LV) contractility, and increased left atrial pressure (LA). A greater comprehension of the governing flow physics in the left ventricle throughout the introduction of the heart’s compensatory mechanisms has great potential to substantially increase the understanding of the progression of diastolic dysfunction and in turn advance the diagnostic techniques.

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