have heart failure

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have heart failure

To be shocked, frightened, or upset suddenly and to an extreme degree. Often used with "nearly," "almost," or some similar modifier. Adrian's parents almost had heart failure when he told them he was dropping out of college. I just about had heart failure when you snuck up on me like that!
See also: failure, have, heart
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One hundred and three (65%) patients had heart failure while 56 (35%) patients didn't have heart failure.
The doctors don't know why I had heart failure so young, especially as there's not really any history of it in the family.
The participants all had heart failure symptoms for a mean of 18 months.