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- Received August 26, 2013
- Revision received September 10, 2013
- Accepted September 12, 2013
- Published online February 1, 2014.
- John E. Sanderson, MA, MD∗ ()
- Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
- ↵∗Reprint requests and correspondence:
Prof. John E. Sanderson, Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China.
It is well recognized that many patients presenting with heart failure have a normal left ventricular ejection fraction. There has been debate about the correct name for this condition including originally Diastolic Heart Failure (DHF), Heart Failure with a Normal Ejection Fraction (HFNEF), and more recently Heart Failure with a Preserved Ejection Fraction, usually abbreviated to HFpEF. In this viewpoint is it argued that ‘Preserved’ is the least appropriate word to use, as ejection fraction declines over time and furthermore it is never explained why the ‘p’ is small. The most honest acronym is HFNEF.
Dr. Sanderson has reported that he has no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received August 26, 2013.
- Revision received September 10, 2013.
- Accepted September 12, 2013.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation