heart failure


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 The chimp had recently suffered a stroke and died from heart failure, his owner Tonia Haddix claimed, submitting a declaration and court documents to a Missouri judge that detailed how the animal’s body was burned in a fire pit. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2022 Resnik died Sunday night from heart failure at Swedish Covenant Hospital at the age of 66. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2022 Geraldine Lowery, the oldest sister of James Bennett, said her brother made at least two meals a day for his mother, who is suffering from chronic heart failure, and helped with her healthcare. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 Several nuns died in the past year alone — three from COVID-19, one from cancer and another from heart failure. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 The cause was heart failure, his health having deteriorated since 2019, his manager, Ettore F. Volontieri, said. New York Times, 19 May 2022 People who were infected with COVID in past surges are returning with heart failure, diabetes, respiratory problems, and lingering symptoms of long COVID. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 18 May 2022 The disease causes progressive, irreversible scarring of the lungs that can lead to life-threatening health issues like high blood pressure in the lungs, right-sided heart failure, and respiratory failure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Serena Coady, SELF, 25 Feb. 2022 Researchers found that those who had a COVID infection were more likely to have inflammatory heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, clotting, and other cardiovascular symptoms compared to those who had never been infected. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heart failure

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jun 2022

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“Heart failure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart%20failure. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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