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Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor
A drug used to decrease pressure inside blood vessels.
An irregular heartbeat.
A surgical procedure that involves detaching one end of a back muscle and
attaching it to the heart. An electric stimulator causes the muscle to contract
to pump blood from the heart.
Congestive heart failure
A heart disease symptom that involves loss of pumping ability by the heart,
generally accompanied by fluid accumulation in body tissues, especially the
Diastolic heart failure
Inability of the heart to relax properly and fill with blood as a result of
stiffening of the heart muscle.
Shortness of breath.
Recording sound waves bounced off the heart to produce images of the heart.
Abnormal fluid accumulation in body tissues.
Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
Measurement of electrical activity associated with heartbeats.
Loss of blood-pumping ability by the heart.
Left ventricular assist device
A mechanical device used to increase the heart's pumping ability.
Pulmonary congestion (or edema)
Fluid accumulation in the lungs.
Sudden cardiac death
Cardiac arrest caused by an irregular heartbeat.
Systolic heart failure
Inability of the heart to contract with enough force to pump adequate amounts of
blood through the body.
Flap-like structures that control the direction of blood flow through the heart.
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