a condition in which the heart fatally ceases to function.
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.
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How to use heart failure in a sentence
My patient was a man in his mid-70s with heart failure who on his 16th night in the hospital spiked a fever.Patients are getting infected with covid-19 in the hospital. It happened to one of mine and killed him. | Manoj Jain | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
It is known to occur more commonly in males than in females, ages 20 to 40, and can result in serious arrhythmias, loss of consciousness, heart failure, and even sudden cardiac death.With COVID raging, why are we even still playing college basketball? | matthewheimer | December 14, 2020 | Fortune
Children with the disease, known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, or progeria for short, often die of heart failure, heart attack or stroke as teenagers.The FDA has approved the first drug to treat the rapid-aging disease progeria | Carolyn Wilke | November 25, 2020 | Science News
Similarly, research has shown weaker grip strength is a strong predictor of cardiac death, death from any cause, and hospital admission for heart failure.Your grip strength could hint at future health problems | By Adam Taylor/The Conversation | October 22, 2020 | Popular-Science
Researchers linked sleep-disordered breathing to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke.
New York medical examiner Dr. Elliott Gross instead ruled that he died of heart failure.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem | Marlow Stern | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By a sad coincidence, one of these heroes, John Michael Doar, died that same day from congestive heart failure.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The patient was finally seen only days ago, on May 16, when they were admitted to the hospital for decompensated heart failure.
Three days later, the 66-year-old Bannock expired of congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride | Jason Berry | May 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was too late and Mosk was pronounced DOA of heart failure.
Auld Jock had died of heart failure, from pneumonia and worn-out old age.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
Then the Yale yell pealed forth, and Little Eva came near dying in reality from heart failure.Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
The protracted excitement has caused several deaths from heart failure, and I heard of two cases of acute mania.A Woman's Part in a Revolution | Natalie Harris Hammond
As Burt said afterward, "I came so near havin' heart failure for a minute that I could see the funeral procession."The Blind Lion of the Congo | Elliott Whitney
I nearly died of heart failure because I couldnt go in with em.The Fall of a Nation | Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for heart failure
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
sudden and permanent cessation of the heartbeat, resulting in death
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Scientific definitions for heart failure
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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