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Importance of (measuring) the end-systolic volume index in predicting survival
  1. Peter L Kerkhof1,
  2. Richard A Peace2,
  3. Neal Handly3
  1. 1 Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter L Kerkhof, Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences, VU university medical center, De Boelelaan 1118, 1081 HZ Amsterdam, Netherlands; plm.kerkhof{at}

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To the Editor Prior et al. 1 report on survival prediction in patients with ischaemic cardiomyopathy following surgical intervention and found that end-systolic volume (ESV) index (I) is the strongest indicator of survival. Their findings are partly based on an imputation procedure which is reported to have not affected the outcomes. We have no reason to doubt this statement, but we are left with three major issues:

  1. Some inconsistencies require clarification. In figure 1, the ESVI range is limited to 150, while …

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  • Contributors All the authors equally contributed to the final formulation and agree with the version submitted.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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