Evolution of Concepts of Myocardial Function in the Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure in Man
Over the past 50 years, our understanding of cardiac function in normal and pathophysiologic states has evolved considerably. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in a great many changes in the way that we approach the management of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). It seems fitting, then, in this introductory chapter of a new textbook on CHF, to provide a brief overview of some of these changes and to draw the important connection between advances in basic science and those in clinical medicine.
KeywordsEjection Fraction Congestive Heart Failure Diastolic Dysfunction Filling Pressure Myocardial Function
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