- the failure of the heart to beat or to pump blood
- the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to maintain an adequate flow to and from the body tissues
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- Cessation of normal heart function.
- The inability of the heart to pump blood at an adequate rate, resulting in congestion in the lungs, shortness of breath, edema in the lower extremities, and enlargement of the liver.
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