Fast Five Quiz: Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF)

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


June 10, 2020

Patients with heart failure (HF) have abnormal cardiac function. The issue may be one of pumping or ejection. In HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)—also known as "diastolic HF"—the heart struggles to fill completely, so even though the heart is able to eject blood back out to circulate throughout the body, the amount of blood available for ejection is insufficient. In contrast, patients who have HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)—or "systolic HF"—have hearts that fill completely, but are unable to pump blood out sufficiently.

The cardinal manifestations of HF are dyspnea, fatigue, and fluid retention.

How much do you know about the presentation, workup, and treatment of HFrEF? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.


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