heart failure

noun

1
: a condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood at an adequate rate or in adequate volume
2
: cessation of heartbeat : death

Examples of heart failure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chamberlain died of heart failure at his Bel Air home in 1999 at age 63. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2024 Phillips did not reveal the specifics of her difficult conversation with The Mamas & The Papas singer John, who died of heart failure in 2001 at age 65. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 Strother died Friday of heart failure at a hospice facility in Las Vegas, her nephew Rex Strother told The Hollywood Reporter. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 The Russian government has always maintained that Magnitsky died of heart failure. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 Both recipients had suffered heart failure but weren’t eligible for a traditional transplant with a human organ. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 There’s going to be a percentage that develops some form of heart failure. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 Causes of heart failure include heart attacks; chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and excessive alcohol use; and some viral or bacterial infections. Katia Hetter, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Some patients have cases similar to standard heart failure, while others have heart failure caused by specific valve issues or caused by pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects arteries in the lungs. Elaine Chen Reprints, STAT, 1 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heart failure was in 1574

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“Heart failure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart%20failure. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

heart failure

noun
1
: a condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood at an adequate rate or in adequate volume compare angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, coronary failure, heart attack
2
: cessation of heartbeat : death

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