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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!
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"Hypertension does not mean that a patient has heart failure; it means they have a risk factor for heart failure, and the patient is in the prevention stage," said Dr.
Bauman sits at one end of the spectrum: "If it looks like a patient has heart failure, I refer them right away; I don't wait for decompensation to occur.
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