Heterogeneous Outcomes of Heart Failure with Better Ejection Fraction
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- Duke University Medical Center
- Duke University
We evaluated the heterogeneity of outcomes among heart failure patients with ventricular recovery. The BEST trial studied patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 35%. Serial LVEF assessment was performed at baseline, 3 months, and 12 months. Heart failure with better ejection fraction (HFbEF) was defined as an LVEF > 40% at any point. Of the patients who survived to 1 year, 399 (21.3%) had HFbEF. Among subjects with HFbEF, 173 (43.4%) had “extended” recovery, 161 (40.4%) had “late” recovery, and 65 (16.3%) patients had “transient” recovery. Subjects with HFbEF had an improved event-free survival from death or first HF hospitalization compared to subjects without recovery (HR 0.50, 95% CI, 0.39–0.64, p < 0.001). Compared to “transient” recovery, “late” and “extended” recovery were associated with an improved event-free survival from all-cause death and HF hospitalization (HR 0.55, 95% CI, 0.34–0.90, p = 0.016). Our study shows patients with HFbEF to be a heterogeneous population with differing prognoses.
- Heart failure with better ejection fraction, Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, Recovery