Inability of the heart to pump blood at an adequate rate to meet tissue metabolic requirements. Clinical symptoms of heart failure include: unusual dyspnea on light exertion, recurrent dyspnea occurring in the supine position, fluid retention or rales, jugular venous distension, pulmonary edema on physical exam, or pulmonary edema on chest x-ray presumed to be cardiac dysfunction.
Synonyms: Heart failure NOS, Weak heart, Heart failure, unspecified, Heart failure (disorder), Heart: [weak] or [failure NOS], Heart failure NOS (disorder)
Weak heart[accessedResource: DOID:6000][accessDate: 05-04-2011]
Catherine Leroy, Tomasz Adamusiak