The opposite of heart failure . . . and other stories

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4076 (Published 28 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4076

Heart success

The opposite of heart failure is heart success—meaning the recovery of function in a previously impaired heart. Patients whose left systolic ejection fraction improved with treatment comprised 16.3% of a series of 2166 participants of median age 65 from heart failure clinics at Emory University, Georgia, USA (JAMA Cardiol doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.1325). At three years, the age and sex adjusted mortality in this cohort was 4.8% in patients with heart failure with recovered ejection fraction compared with 16.3% in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and 13.2% in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

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