Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a widely heterogeneous clinical condition. Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is the leading etiology of HFpEF, but there might be patients presenting with a predominant disease of the left atrium (LA). We report a case of HFpEF secondary to a stiff LA, in which we corroborated invasive hemodynamic assessment with LA strain analysis. Pathognomonic, tall V-waves were observed in the wedge position in the absence of mitral regurgitation and with a near-normal QRS-gated, pre-V-wave pressure, indicating that left ventricular diastolic dysfunction was not a major issue in this case. These hemodynamic findings were mirrored by very low LA strain values, compatible with a stiff and noncompliant chamber.
- diastolic dysfunction
- heart failure
- left atrium
- pulmonary hypertension
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine