Definitions for heart failure
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heart failure, coronary failure(noun)
inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions
The chronic inability of the heart to pump a sufficient amount of blood throughout the body, leading to a pooling of blood and shortness of breath.
The cessation of the heartbeat; cardiac arrest.
Heart failure, often called congestive heart failure or congestive cardiac failure, occurs when the heart is unable to provide sufficient pump action to maintain blood flow to meet the needs of the body. Heart failure can cause a number of symptoms including shortness of breath, leg swelling, and exercise intolerance. The condition is diagnosed by patient physical examination and confirmed with echocardiography. Blood tests help to determine the cause. Treatment depends on severity and cause of heart failure. In a chronic patient already in a stable situation, treatment commonly consists of lifestyle measures such as smoking cessation, light exercise, dietary changes, and medications. Sometimes, depending from etiology, it is treated with implanted devices and occasionally a heart transplant is required. Common causes of heart failure include myocardial infarction and other forms of ischemic heart disease, hypertension, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathy. The term heart failure is sometimes incorrectly used for other cardiac-related illnesses, such as myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest, which can cause heart failure but are not equivalent to heart failure.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A heterogeneous condition in which the heart is unable to pump out sufficient blood to meet the metabolic need of the body. Heart failure can be caused by structural defects, functional abnormalities (VENTRICULAR DYSFUNCTION), or a sudden overload beyond its capacity. Chronic heart failure is more common than acute heart failure which results from sudden insult to cardiac function, such as MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION.
Translations for heart failure
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- srdeční selháníCzech
- hjertesvigt, hjerteinsufficiens, hjerteslag, hjertestopDanish
- Herzschwäche, HerzversagenGerman
- sydämenpysähdys, sydämen vajaatoimintaFinnish
- insuffisance cardiaqueFrench
- insuficiência cardíacaPortuguese
- серде́чная сла́бость, серде́чная недоста́точность, остано́вка се́рдца, инфа́ркт миока́рда, инфа́рктRussian
- infarkt, [[infarkt]] [[miokard, [[zatajenje]] [[srceSerbo-Croatian
- hjärtinsufficiens, hjärtsviktSwedish
- kalp yetmezliğiTurkish
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