Medical Dictionary: Cardiac failure


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Cardiac failure: Another name for Heart failure.
Cardiac failure (condition): Slow failure of the heart (cardiac insufficiency).
Cardiac failure (condition): Heart failure describes when the heart is having difficulty completing its work. The term is not the same as heart attack or cardiac arrest, when the heart may stop; heart failure involves a gradual failing of the heart.

Cardiac failure: Heart failure occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump enough blood through the body. Usually, the loss in pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, such as coronary artery disease.

The term heart failure suggests a sudden and complete stop of heart activity. But, actually, the heart does not suddenly stop. Rather, heart failure usually develops slowly, often over years, as the heart gradually loses its pumping ability and works less efficiently. Some people may not become aware of their condition until symptoms appear years after their heart began its decline. 1

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Cardiac failure (symptom): Type of Heart symptoms.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Heart Failure: NHLBI

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