›› 2009, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (9): 1123-.

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Assessment of left atrial function in patients with heart failure and normal ejection fraction

FAN Hui-hua reviewer, SHI Hao-ying reviser   

  1. Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, The First People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200080, China
  • Online:2009-09-25 Published:2009-09-29


Heart failure has been divided into heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (systolic heart failure) and heart failure with normal ejection fraction (HF-NEF) or heart failure with preserved systolic function (HF-PSF). Systolic heart failure has been more thoroughly studied than HF-NEF. However, the prevalence and mortality (especially in the elderly) of HF-NEF are much higher than expected. Therefore, the pathogenesis, diagnosis and prognosis of HF-NEF and the left atrial function in HF-NEF correlated with diastolic dysfunction have become the research focus.

Key words: heart failure with normal ejection fraction, left atrial function, left atrial enlargement, left atrial volume, echocardiography

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