2017 Volume 56 Issue 17 Pages 2289-2294
A 49-year-old Japanese man with worsening dyspnea was admitted with the diagnosis of new-onset heart failure (HF). His HF symptoms improved with standard treatment, but his left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) 21% remained unchanged. After he was discharged, he was diagnosed with severe sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy was introduced. Seven months later, his cardiac function had greatly improved (LVEF 50%). We report this case of a HF patient with SDB whose cardiac function greatly improved by CPAP therapy, and we discuss the pathophysiologic mechanisms of successful cardiac "reverse remodeling" in this case.