In March 2021, the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (HFA-ESC) and the Japanese Heart Failure Society (JHFS) released a Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure, which standardizes language and practices around the definition and classification of heart failure (HF). 

The Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure provides a definition that is clinically relevant and simple but conceptually comprehensive. It also offers the ability to sub-classify HF within ejection fraction (EF) groups and provides revised classification of stages of HF. The new definition and classification can be used in a standardized fashion across scientific societies and guidelines, employed by clinicians, used in research studies and incorporated into discussions with patients and caregivers. 

Supplemental resources are available to download below.


Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure

Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD; Andrew JS Coats, DM, DSC; Hiroyuki Tsutsui, MD, et al.

J Card Fail. 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.01.022 

Published March 2021


Editorials

Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure Is it universal? Does it define heart failure?
Carolyn S.P. Lam, MBBS, PhD; Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc 

J Card Fail. 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.03.003


Press Release

Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Failure Association of European Society of Cardiology, and Japanese Heart Failure Society Release Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure


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Society Endorsements

In addition to being developed by the HFSA, ESC, and JHFS, the Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure has been endorsed by a number of professional societies in the cardiology space including:

  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Chinese Heart Failure Association
  • Canadian Heart Failure Society
  • Heart Failure Association of India