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Predictive value of early-phase heart rate reduction for subsequent recovery of left ventricular systolic function in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction

Ryutaro Yoshimura1, Ou Hayashi2, Takeshi Horio1, Ryosuke Fujiwara1, yujiro Matsuoka1, Go Yokouchi1, Yuya Sakamoto1, Naoki Matsumoto1, Kohei Fukuda1, Masahiro Shimizu1, Yasuhirio Izumiya2, Minoru Yoshiyama23, Daiju Fukuda2, Kohei Fujimoto1, Noriaki Kasayuki14
Pubmed: 38949392


Introduction: Predictors of heart failure with recovered ejection fraction (HFrecEF) remain to be fully elucidated. This study investigated the impact of heart rate and its change on the recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).

Material and methods: From 398 outpatients who had a history of hospitalisation for heart failure, 138 subjects diagnosed as HFrEF (LVEF < 40%) on heart failure hospitalisation were enrolled and longitudinally surveyed. During follow-up periods more than one year, 64 and 46 patients were identified as HFrecEF (improved LVEF to ≥ 40% and its increase of ≥ 10 points) and persistent HFrEF, respectively.

Results: In the overall subjects, the reduction of heart rate through the observation periods was closely correlated with the improvement of LVEF (r = –0.508, p < 0.001). Heart rate on hospital admission for heart failure was markedly higher in patients with HFrecEF (112 ± 26 bpm) than in those with persistent HFrEF (90±18 bpm). Whereas heart rate at the first outpatient visit after discharge was already lower in the HFrecEF group (80 ± 13 vs. 85 ± 13 bpm in the persistent HFrEF group). A multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that the decrease in heart rate from admission to the first visit after discharge was a significant determinant of HFrecEF (p < 0.001), independently of confounding factors such as ischemic heart disease and baseline LVEF and left ventricular dimension.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that heart rate reduction in the early phase after heart failure onset is a powerful independent predictor of the subsequent recovery of LVEF in HFrEF patients.

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