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Common Heart Failure Terms:

Chest pain or pressure, usually because of blockages in the heart, but sometimes also caused by a large or weak heart.

Also called a cardiac catheterization, this invasive procedure requires a cardiologist to insert a small IV into an artery (usually in the groin) to take pictures of the heart and see if there are any blockages.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor (ACE)
A medicine that alters a negative hormone and opens the arteries, thereby helping the heart pump more efficiently.

When the heart has extra beats or beats in a way that is not its regular rhythmic pattern.

Atrial Fibrillation
An arrhythmia of the heart where the top chambers quiver or “fibrillate” (do not pump effectively) while the bottom chambers (ventricles) pump at a regular rhythm.

A medicine that changes the chemistry of the body and helps the heart cells to rest and heal.

A heart muscle disease or weakness that can have many different causes.

Also known as “water pills,” this medicine helps the body eliminate excess fluid that causes congestion.

Shortness of breath.

A non-invasive test that shows the pumping function of the heart and how well the heart valves work.


Ejection Fraction
A number that describes how much blood the heart pumps out with each beat. The normal heart pumps out about 50% of the blood it contains with each heart beat, so a normal ejection fraction is about 50%.

Blood pressure that is abnormally high (higher than 140/90) and can cause heart failure.

A need to urinate at night.

The need to raise the head up to breathe while lying down, usually due to shortness of breath.

A prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease.

The lower pumping chambers of the heart. The right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs, while the left ventricle pumps blood to the brain, kidneys and rest of the body.

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