congestive heart failure


Definition of congestive heart failure

: heart failure in which the heart is unable to maintain an adequate circulation of blood in the bodily tissues or to pump out the venous blood returned to it by the veins

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Surrounded by her children, Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton, Taylor passed away early this morning in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital of congestive heart failure. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79 Years Old," 23 Mar. 2011 His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed the death to the Associated Press and said the cause was congestive heart failure. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Philip Roth, seminal author of comical and simmering discontents, dies at 85," 22 May 2018 Other symptoms of congestive heart failure include a rapid or irregular heartbeat, a persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink phlegm, an increased need to pee at night, difficulty concentrating, and chest pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 2018 The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Nancy Becker. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 13 July 2018 Particulate pollution not only triggers similar respiratory problems, but can result in cardiovascular harm in the form of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and reduced blood supply to the heart. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Air pollution poses health risk to Houstonians, study finds," 3 July 2018 The cause was congestive heart failure and kidney failure, his daughter Suzanne Wolk said. New York Times, "Ronald Wolk, Innovator in Covering Education News, Dies at 86," 7 May 2018 According to Fox 2 Detroit, Weaver passed away from congestive heart failure and kidney failure. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Veteran Detroit TV news anchor and reporter Joe Weaver dies at 89," 6 May 2018 The Mississippi corrections department said he was pronounced dead at the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at 9 p.m. No cause was given, but the department said he had been treated for congestive heart failure and hypertension. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Edgar Ray Killen, Convicted in ’64 Killings of Rights Workers, Dies at 92," 12 Jan. 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of congestive heart failure

: heart failure in which the heart is unable to maintain adequate circulation of blood in the tissues of the body or to pump out the venous blood returned to it by the venous circulation — compare coronary failure

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