congestive heart failure


congestive heart failure
congestive heart failure n heart failure in which the heart is unable to maintain adequate circulation of blood in the tissues of the body or to pump out the venous blood returned to it by the venous circulation compare CORONARY FAILURE

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(CHF) a clinical syndrome due to heart disease, characterized by breathlessness and abnormal sodium and water retention, often resulting in edema. The congestion may occur in the lungs or peripheral circulation or both, depending on whether the heart failure is right-sided or general.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • congestive heart failure — n. heart failure characterized by weakness, breathlessness, and abnormal congestion in the circulatory system, esp. in the lungs or lower legs * * * Heart failure resulting in the accumulation of fluid in the lungs and other body tissues. It is… …   Universalium

  • congestive heart failure — n. heart failure characterized by weakness, breathlessness, and abnormal congestion in the circulatory system, esp. in the lungs or lower legs …   English World dictionary

  • congestive heart failure — congestive cardiac failure …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • congestive heart failure — noun inability to pump enough blood to avoid congestion in the tissues • Hypernyms: ↑heart failure, ↑coronary failure …   Useful english dictionary

  • congestive heart failure — noun Date: 1930 heart failure in which the heart is unable to maintain an adequate circulation of blood in the bodily tissues or to pump out the venous blood returned to it by the veins …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • congestive heart failure — conges′tive heart′ fail ure n. pat heart failure 2) • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • congestive heart failure. — See heart failure (def. 2). [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • congestive heart failure. — See heart failure (def. 2). [1930 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • congestive heart failure — noun A syndrome marked by weakness, edema and shortness of breath, due to the inability of the heart to circulate the blood adequately to the lungs and other tissues …   Wiktionary

  • congestive heart failure — condition in which the heart does not pump properly and causes an accumulation of fluid in the lungs, CHF (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary


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