Congestive Heart Failure (cont.)
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Author: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, FACC
Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Last Editorial Review: 4/18/2012
Terrence X O'Brien, MD, FACC
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Heart failure is the pathophysiologic state in which the heart, via an abnormality of cardiac function (detectable or not), fails to pump blood at a rate commensurate with the requirements of the metabolizing tissues and/or pumps only from an abnormally elevated diastolic filling pressure.