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give (someone) heart failure

To shock, frighten, or upset someone suddenly and to an extreme degree. Often used with "nearly," "almost," or some similar modifier. Adrian almost gave his parents heart failure when he told them he was dropping out of college. You about gave me heart failure, sneaking up on me like that!
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If, on the other hand, you intentionally go out at night and delight in setting off umpteen-decibel bangers - guaranteed to wake the inhabitants of cemeteries, frighten dugs and cats oot their wits, force horses and cows to calve and foal prematurely, give heart failure to unsuspecting men and women resulting in cardiac arrest wards working overtime, disfigure for life parts of the population, set off fires in various parts of the country, etc, etc - then that's ok.
Reports generated by the CardioSight Service will give heart failure physicians an improved ability to: