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Michael Fu

Professor/ chief physician

Michael Fu
Professor/ chief physician

Postal Address: Su sahlgrenska, 41345 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Kardiologisektionen , Göteborg

Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at Institute of Medicine (More Information)
SU Sahlgrenska
413 45 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31823762
Visiting Address: Blå stråket 5 B Wallenberglab/SU , 413 45 Göteborg

About Michael Fu

MD, PhD, FESC, Senior Consultant Physician/Cardiologist 
Michael Fu is an expert in heart failure with research focus on epidemiology, clinical phenotype, prognosis and its risk factors, comorbidities, prevention and treatment in patients with heart failure in particular in the elderly and heart failure with preserved ejection faction, with more than 200 original publications.

Professor Michael Fu is currently a nucleus member of Working Group of Heart Failure, Swedish Society of Cardiology, previous nucleus member of Working Group of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction, Heart Failure Association, European Society of Cardiology.

Main research

Chronic heart failure (HF), which is accompanied by high morbidity and mortality, increases with age. Landmark randomized clinical trials have mainly been conducted in young HF patients (<63 years old) with reduced ejection fraction (HFREF). However, most HF patients are older and nearly half of them have normal systolic function (HF with normal ejection fraction; HFNEF). There are clearly severe limitations in extrapolating the available evidence from younger HF patients to the elderly HF population.

The prevalence of HFNEF is increasing at an alarming rate of ~1% per year, which will transform HFNEF into the most prevalent HF phenotype over the next decade. In recently published heart failure guidelines (European Society of Cardiology, May 2012), there is still a lack of uniform diagnostic criteria for HFNEF. Moreover, in contrast to HFREF, no improvements in outcome have been realized over the past 20 years. No HFNEF clinical trials have demonstrated positive outcomes, which may be partly due to the enrollment of inappropriate study populations because of the absence of a validated diagnostic method.

Elderly patients represent a high-risk cohort with significantly increased mortality and hospitalizations. Most of the current data addressing mortality of elderly HFNEF patients are derived from registry databases and data about hospitalization of this group are limited. Considerable uncertainty exists regarding the prognostic contributions from factors that are characteristic of elderly patients, such as various comorbidities, cognitive dysfunction and impaired mental health, in addition to advanced age.

Our immediate clinical interest in elderly HF patients emerged from the confluence of the following research questions:

  • How can an early and correct diagnosis of HFNEF be achieved?
  • What is the incidence of comorbidity in elderly HF patients?
  • How does comorbidity affect quality of life and prognosis in elderly HF patients?
  • Can optimal care of comorbidities improve quality of life and prognosis in elderly HF patients?

Group members

  • Salim Barywani, MD, PhD, Cardiologist
  • Eric Thunström, MD, PhD, physician
  • Constantinos Ergatoudes, physician, PhD student
  • Silvana Kontogeorgos, physician, PhD student
  • Chen Xiaojing, MD, PhD; postdoctoral fellow
  • Annika Odenstedt, research nurse
  • Sven Eric Hagelind, research nurse


Key Publications

Li S, Barywani S, Fu M.
Prognostic significance of mitral regurgitation in long-term all-cause mortality in patients aged ≥ 80 years with acute coronary syndrome.
Int J Cardiol. 176(2):340-5. (2014)

Jhund PS, Fu M, Bayram E, Chen CH, Negrusz-Kawecka M, Rosenthal A, Desai AS, Lefkowitz MP, Rizkala AR, Rouleau JL, Shi VC, Solomon SD, Swedberg K, Zile MR, McMurray JJ, Packer M.
Efficacy and safety of LCZ696 (sacubitril-valsartan) according to age: insights from PARADIGM-HF.
Eur Heart J. 36(38):2576-84. (2015)

Barywani SB, Ergatoudes C, Schaufelberger M, Petzold M, Fu M.
Does the target dose of neurohormonal blockade matter for outcome in Systolic heart failure in octogenarians?
Int J Cardiol. 187:666-72. (2015)

Bjurman C, Petzold M, Venge P, Farbemo J, Fu M, Hammarsten O.
High-sensitive cardiac troponin, NT-proBNP, hFABP and copeptin levels in relation to glomerular filtration rates and a medical record of cardiovascular disease.
Clin Biochem. 48(4-5):302-7. (2015)

Li S, Barywani S, Fu M.

Prognostic power of lower pulse pressure on long-term all-cause mortality in octogenarians with acute coronary syndrome: a propensity-score-matched cohort study.
J Hypertens. 33(2):279-86. (2015)

Fu M, Zhou J, Thunström E, Almgren T, Grote L, Bollano E, Schaufelberger M, Johansson MC, Petzold M, Swedberg K, Andersson B.

Optimizing the Management of Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction in the Elderly by Targeting Comorbidities (OPTIMIZE-HFPEF).
J Card Fail. 22(7):539-44. (2016)

Li SJ, Sartipy U, Lund LH, Dahlström U, Adiels M, Petzold M, Fu M.
Prognostic Significance of Resting Heart Rate and Use of β-Blockers in Atrial Fibrillation and Sinus Rhythm in Patients With Heart Failure and Reduced Ejection Fraction: Findings From the Swedish Heart Failure Registry.
Circ Heart Fail. 8(5):871-9. (2015)

Ergatoudes C, Thunström E, Rosengren A, Björck L, Bengtsson Boström K, Falk K, Fu M.
Long-term secondary prevention of acute myocardial infarction (SEPAT) - guidelines adherence and outcome.
BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 16(1):226. (2016).

Sigurjonsdottir R, Barywani S, Albertsson P, Fu M.
Long-term major adverse cardiovascular events and quality of life after coronary angiography in elderly patients with acute coronary syndrome.
Int J Cardiol. 1;222:481-5. (2016)

Kontogeorgos S, Thunström E, Johansson MC, Fu M.
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction has a better long-term prognosis than heart failure with reduced ejection fraction in old patients in a 5-year follow-up retrospective study.
Int J Cardiol. 232:86-92 (2017)

Latest publications

Digoxin is associated with worse outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
J. M. Zhou, J. Cao, X. J. Jin, J. Zhou, Z. Y. Chen et al.
Esc Heart Failure, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Hyperparathyroidism in men - morbidity and mortality during 21 years' follow-up
Georgios Kontogeorgos, L. Welin, Michael Fu, Per-Olof Hansson, Kerstin Landin-Wilhelmsen et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation, Journal article 2020
Journal article

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Atrial fibrillation in heart failure with preserved, mid-range, and reduced ejection fraction
U Sartipy, U Dahlström, Michael Fu, L Lund
JACC heart failure, Journal article 2017
Journal article


Influence of heart failure on the prognosis of patients with acute myocardial infarction in southwestern China
F. Deng, Y. Xia, Michael Fu, Y. Hu, F. Jia et al.
Experimental and therapeutic medicine, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Sakubitril–valsartan är en ny hörnsten i hjärtsviktsterapin
L. H. Lund, Michael Fu, Karl Swedberg
Lakartidningen, Journal article 2016
Journal article

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