General Principles

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Definition

Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome in which either structural or functional abnormalities of the heart impair its ability to fill with or eject blood, resulting in dyspnea, fatigue, and fluid retention.1,2 HF is a progressive disorder and is associated with high morbidity and mortality.

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Definition

Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome in which either structural or functional abnormalities of the heart impair its ability to fill with or eject blood, resulting in dyspnea, fatigue, and fluid retention.1,2 HF is a progressive disorder and is associated with high morbidity and mortality.

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