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

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The tool has started rolling out to departments at both HUP and Pennsylvania Hospital, including in the cardiac unit caring for the 57-year-old man in heart failure. Ian Haydon, Philly.com, "Working to save lives, Philly physicians find way to help patients confront death," 26 June 2018 After his wife and Joey's mom, Carmella, died from heart failure in 2012, father and son bonded through pro wrestling. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Many people are thinking about retirement by age 61. This man made his pro wrestling debut," 26 June 2018 More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Why Tom Brady Has No Business Promoting Qatar," 25 Apr. 2018 The guest speaker will be registered nurse Maryellen Ross, a professor of nursing, who will address aspects of heart failure. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido gets 90+ firefighting jackets," 5 July 2018 People with high blood pressure, heart failure, chronic kidney disease should not take excess salt. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Sitting in a room of salt is a new trend in Indianapolis. Here's how it works.," 29 June 2018 His wife of 38 years, Kathie Berlin, said the cause was chronic heart failure. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "Richard Valeriani, Veteran NBC News Correspondent, Dies at 85," 19 June 2018 The composite primary endpoint does not include heart failure. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "NIH shuts down controversial $100M drinking study backed by Big Alcohol," 15 June 2018 The heart failure patient wasn’t getting better, despite taking the cardiac glycoside drug her physician had prescribed. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "6 foods to avoid if you’re taking these prescription drugs," 6 Mar. 2018

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1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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