This study aimed to study the left ventricular (LV) longitudinal deformation by a semi-automated and rapid assessable strain parameter (i.e. global longitudinal strain, GLS) with standard cardiovascular magnetic resonance images. Study population consisted of 50 normal controls, 60 patients with heart failure (10 HFpEF, 10 HFmrEF and 40 HFrEF) and 10 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Average processing time of the fast strain measurement method was 78 ± 8 seconds per case with intra- and inter-observer variations ranging from 3.3% to 5.8%. Results demonstrated that the fast and reproducible GLS is a powerful independent predictor in patients with HFpEF and HFmrEF.