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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Henderson passed away in late 2016 at age 82 from heart failure. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "'Brady Bunch' star Maureen McCormick says her parents almost turned her 'into the cops' while star battled drug abuse," 19 Sep. 2018 Five have died in this past year from causes ranging from heart failure to cancer, but advocates insist that the very flights that keep the patients alive have hastened their deaths. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death," 18 Sep. 2018 According to his producer, Alvin Toney, Mack died from heart failure near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Erick Sermon Remembers Battle-Rapping & Producing for the Late Craig Mack: 'That Boy Was Walking Love'," 13 Mar. 2018 Patients take this class of drugs, known as angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBS, for blood pressure and heart failure. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Says Up to Two Million People Exposed to Likely Carcinogens in Blood-Pressure Drugs," 25 Jan. 2019 What's more, the new Apple Watch's ECG feature is FDA-cleared to detect atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rate that increases your risk for stroke and heart failure) and to give users notifications that their heartbeat is irregular. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What Cardiologists Say About the Apple Watch’s New Heart Monitoring Features," 14 Sep. 2018 People with high blood pressure typically take one pill daily and heart failure patients two. Fox News, "Toxin at heart of drug recall shows holes in medical safety net," 22 Aug. 2018 The two would go on to discover Vitamin B, which prevents the disease beriberi, a cause of nerve inflammation and heart failure. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Chemotherapy thwarts cancer's spread but can also cause unwanted side effects such as hair loss, anxiety, depression, nausea, fatigue and heart failure. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Thousands of women could forgo chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer, study says," 3 June 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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