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Eur Heart J. 2011 Mar;32(6):670-9. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehq426. Epub 2010 Dec 7.

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

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The Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN 55906, USA.


Half of patients with heart failure (HF) have a preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF). Morbidity and mortality in HFpEF are similar to values observed in patients with HF and reduced EF, yet no effective treatment has been identified. While early research focused on the importance of diastolic dysfunction in the pathophysiology of HFpEF, recent studies have revealed that multiple non-diastolic abnormalities in cardiovascular function also contribute. Diagnosis of HFpEF is frequently challenging and relies upon careful clinical evaluation, echo-Doppler cardiography, and invasive haemodynamic assessment. In this review, the principal mechanisms, diagnostic approaches, and clinical trials are reviewed, along with a discussion of novel treatment strategies that are currently under investigation or hold promise for the future.

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