heart failure

noun

Definition of heart failure

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 Flynt’s family members confirmed the news with TMZ, stating that the mogul died of heart failure at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday morning. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "Hustler Founder and Porn Magnate Larry Flynt Dead at 78," 10 Feb. 2021 Companies are working to find ways to use mRNA for flu vaccines, as well as treatments for heart failure and cystic fibrosis. Robert Langreth, Fortune, "Moderna vaccine cleared in U.S., boosting immunization effort," 19 Dec. 2020 The cause was heart failure, said his wife, Rosita Fletcher. Alex Traub, New York Times, "Duke Bootee, Whose ‘Message’ Educated Hip-Hop, Dies at 69," 29 Jan. 2021 Haider Warraich is a cardiologist and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, associate director of the heart failure program at the VA Boston Healthcare System, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Haider J. Warraich, STAT, "Are more people surviving Covid-19 because doctors are doing less?," 15 Jan. 2021 These conditions include cancer, heart issues such as heart failure or coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Taylor Pettaway, ExpressNews.com, "FAQ: When and where Texans can get the COVID vaccine," 30 Dec. 2020 The flu patients were more likely to have heart failure, chronic respiratory disease, cirrhosis or anemia. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "COVID-19 three times deadlier than flu among hospitalized patients, study finds," 18 Dec. 2020 Herbert Friedman, an Austrian Jew who escaped the Holocaust and served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War and later became a successful pharmacist, died Oct. 1 from heart failure at the Gilchrist Center in Towson. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Herbert Friedman, who escaped the Holocaust and later became a successful pharmacist, dies," 10 Oct. 2020 On January 22, 1947, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot died, of heart failure, at Northumberland House, the mental hospital where she had been confined for almost a decade. Michelle Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Secret History of T. S. Eliot’s Muse," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of heart failure

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heart failure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart%20failure. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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heart failure

noun

Medical Definition of heart failure

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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