- 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.
heart failure - Medical Definition
- A condition marked by weakness, edema, and shortness of breath that is caused by the inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation in the peripheral tissues and the lungs. Also called cardiac insufficiency, congestive heart failure, myocardial insufficiency.
- The resulting clinical syndrome, consisting of shortness of breath, pitting edema, enlarged tender liver, engorged neck veins, and pulmonary rales.
heart failure - Science Definition
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