heart failure

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noun
  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

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First recorded in 1890–95

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British Dictionary definitions for heart failure

heart failure

noun
  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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Scientific definitions for heart failure

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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