New Classification for Heart Failure with Mildly Reduced Ejection Fraction : Greater clarity or more confusion?

Sunil Nadar

Abstract


The latest European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of heart failure include a new patient group for those with heart failure with mildly reduced ejection fraction (HFmrEF). By defining this group of patients as a separate entity, the ESC hope to encourage more research focusing on patients with HFmrEF. Previously, patients with this condition were caught between two classifications—heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Hopefully, the inclusion of new terminology will not increase confusion, but rather aid our understanding of heart failure, a complex clinical syndrome.



Keywords


Heart Failure; Ventricular Ejection Fraction; Guidelines as Topic; Nomenclature.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2016.17.01.005

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