a condition in which the heart fatally ceases to function.
Also called congestive heart failure. a condition in which the heart fails to pump adequate amounts of blood to the tissues, resulting in accumulation of blood returning to the heart from the veins, and often accompanied by distension of the ventricles, edema, and shortness of breath.
a condition in which the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of blood to the tissues, usually resulting in breathlessness, swollen ankles, etc
sudden and permanent cessation of the heartbeat, resulting in death
heart failure n.
An acute or chronic inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation to the peripheral tissues and the lungs, usually characterized by fatigue, edema, and shortness of breath. Heart failure has many causes, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy. Also called congestive heart failure.
[hahrt-felt] /ˈhɑrtˌfɛlt/ adjective 1. deeply or sincerely : heartfelt sympathy. /ˈhɑːtˌfɛlt/ adjective 1. sincerely and strongly felt adj. also heart-felt, 1734, from heart + past tense of feel (v.).
[hahrt-free] /ˈhɑrtˌfri/ adjective 1. not in love.
[hahrth] /hɑrθ/ noun 1. the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room. 2. home; fireside: the joys of family and hearth. 3. Metallurgy. 4. a brazier or chafing dish for burning charcoal. /hɑːθ/ noun 1. 2. this part of a fireplace as a symbol of […]
[hahrt-hel-thee] /ˈhɑrtˌhɛl θi/ adjective 1. conducive to cardiovascular health: heart-healthy cooking. adjective pertaining to foodstuffs that are considered healthful to the circulatory system, esp. those low in fat, sodium, etc.