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Heart failure and cardiomyopathy
Ventricular long-axis function is of major importance for long-term survival in patients with heart failure
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    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr. Ballo and colleagues for their interesting comments on our article. In agreement with our study, Ballo et al show a nonlinear association between circumferential midwall and longitudinal LV systolic function in patients with hypertension [1]. It is particularly noteworthy that this nonlinear association is apparent in two different study populations. The patients in our study were suff...

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    Prognostic value of left ventricular long-axis versus short-axis systolic function in heart failure
    • Piercarlo Ballo, Cardiologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Arianna Bocelli, Meyer Hospital, University of Florence, Italy; Sergio Mondillo, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Siena, Italy

    Dear Editor,

    Grüner Sveälv et al.(1) recently found that left ventricular (LV) long-axis atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) in heart failure (HF) patients was linearly correlated with short-axis fractional shortening (LVFS) in the lower range of AVPD, but not in the higher range of AVPD. They also observed that decreasing AVPD quartiles showed a stepwise association with worsening prognosis. Notably, a sim...

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