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Prognostic value of LV long-axis versus short-axis systolic function in heart failure
  1. P Ballo1,
  2. A Bocelli2,
  3. S Mondillo3
  1. 1
    Cardiology Operative Unit, S Andrea Hospital, La Spezia, Italy
  2. 2
    Meyer Hospital, University of Florence, Italy
  3. 3
    Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Siena, Italy
  1. Dr P Ballo, S Andrea Hospital, via Veneto 197, La Spezia, 19100 Italy; pcballo{at}

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

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