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heart failure

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  1. a condition in which the heart fatally ceases to function.
  2. Also called congestive heart failure. a condition in which the heart fails to pump adequate amounts of blood to the tissues, resulting in accumulation of blood returning to the heart from the veins, and often accompanied by distension of the ventricles, edema, and shortness of breath.

Origin of heart failure

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for heart failure

Historical Examples

  • At last it is too much, and she dies of heart-failure at forty years of age.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2

    George Saintsbury

  • Wouldnt his Aunt Elizabeth die of heart-failure if she could see him now?

    A Tenderfoot Bride

    Clarice E. Richards

  • Dr. Thill was ready to give a certificate that Persis had died of heart-failure.

  • The doctor calls them 'heart-failure' in his certificate; and he is quite accurate.

    The Woman's Way

    Charles Garvice

  • He was forcibly fed and died under the process, owing to heart-failure.

British Dictionary definitions for heart failure

heart failure

  1. a condition in which the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of blood to the tissues, usually resulting in breathlessness, swollen ankles, etc
  2. sudden and permanent cessation of the heartbeat, resulting in death
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heart failure in Medicine

heart failure

  1. A condition marked by weakness, edema, and shortness of breath that is caused by the inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation in the peripheral tissues and the lungs.cardiac insufficiency congestive heart failure myocardial insufficiency
  2. The resulting clinical syndrome, consisting of shortness of breath, pitting edema, enlarged tender liver, engorged neck veins, and pulmonary rales.
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heart failure in Science

heart failure

  1. An acute or chronic inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation to the peripheral tissues and the lungs, usually characterized by fatigue, edema, and shortness of breath. Heart failure has many causes, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy. Also called congestive heart failure
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