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Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle does
not pump as much blood as the body needs. Failure does
not mean that the heart has stopped pumping but rather that it is
failing to pump as effectively as it should.
The body tries to compensate for the heart's reduced pumping ability
Holding on to (retaining) salt and water to increase the amount
of blood in the bloodstream.
Increasing the heart
Increasing the size of the heart.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
August 5, 2010
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August 05, 2010
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