I created a tag and upon reflection it probably should have been . If the community agrees, I think a moderator should mass edit change (and maybe set heart-failure as a synonym).

I think heart disease is more broad than heart failure, and can cover problems like heart defects and murmurs that may never affect quality of life, but still require monitoring.

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    If you haven't already had your say, please vote accordingly or add another answer explaining your viewpoint. – Henders Aug 31 '17 at 10:43
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    You don't need to edit all the questions; a mod can create the heart-disease (or whatever) tag by adding it to one question and then merge heart-failure into it. – Monica Cellio Sep 6 '17 at 3:05

We could have

- that should cover all areas of problems.

Update: The has been merged and synonymised with


I agree, the place to vote yes for the tag .

Per OP's argument and some conversations in chat.

  • The more general term is definitely better in my opinion. It's certainly not ameta-tag and will apply to more topics than 'heart-failure' would. – Henders Jul 29 '17 at 12:41
  • I'd agree with keeping it generalized or the tag will rarely be used... With Heart health being more user friendly or cardiovascular health, a more sesquipedalian word usage – Christy B. Jul 30 '17 at 23:30
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    I favour heart-disease for consistency with other tags: urinary-tract-disease, eye-disease, upper-respiratory-disease, etc. Health is really just the absence of disease, but eye-health or upper-respiratory-health don't really make much sense. heart-disease is generalized to questions about heart problems, but not overtly vague in the way heart-health is. There is no reason the 'disease' tags can't include questions about prevention of disease. Either way, I think we should just be consistent in tag names. – Harry V. Sep 4 '17 at 15:04

No, but I don't want to post my own answer on why.

The place to vote no.

If you have a better reason and want to share, post it and I will delete this one.

  • why not post your own answer on why? – In loving memory of Dyani Jul 29 '17 at 4:48
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    @YvetteColomb because I couldn't think of one... Just wanted to make sure there was a place to record negative votes, for those not wanting to post an answer. – James Jenkins Jul 29 '17 at 9:28
  • I made another couple of suggestions – In loving memory of Dyani Jul 29 '17 at 9:37
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    I thought the place to record no votes was by voting (down) on the question – Zaralynda Jul 29 '17 at 17:25
  • @Zaralynda it could be it, could but there are also several other answers. It made more sense to me to have a separate place to vote. – James Jenkins Jul 29 '17 at 17:54

Aren't heart disease and heart failure two different things? Things that cause heart failure aren't always heart disease, and heart disease doesn't always cause heart failure, at least in my understanding.

  • heart failure causes there are a couple of items on the list that we could debate if there are truly a disease, but heart failure in a pet is likely going to be a postmortem diagnosis (or a laymen observation) . What kind of questions might get tagged with heart failure that could be addressed here? Would tags specific to the underlying cause be more appropriate? – James Jenkins Jul 29 '17 at 9:22
  • Once the dog stops breathing the heart will go into cardiac arrest and cease beating. Other then heart failure secondary to lack of breathing, I don't think there are any events that might be survivable. Every non-survived event is ultimately a case of the heart failing to circulate oxygen and glucose to the brain. – James Jenkins Jul 29 '17 at 9:27
  • Yes, technically that is correct – In loving memory of Dyani Jul 29 '17 at 9:37
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    @JamesJenkins "heart failure in a pet is likely going to be a postmortem diagnosis" - why? Hunter was diagnosed with heart failure and lived for another 9 months. – Zaralynda Jul 29 '17 at 17:23
  • @Zaralynda According to your post here Hunter was having "congestive heart failure" (CHF) it is but one of the many typos listed in the link in my first comment. personally I have always considered everything that happens while you are a live heart insufficiency, failure happens when the heart stops. Maybe my perception is different then everyone else's it happens. – James Jenkins Jul 29 '17 at 18:04
  • @JamesJenkins since I was told by the vet he was having congestive heart failure, I don't consider it to be a typo – Zaralynda Jul 31 '17 at 19:52
  • @JamesJenkins also, I don't see where in that link that it claims CHF is a typo. HF as defined by the mayo clinic's page is the heart not pumping at full capacity, not that it stops. A pet can live for months like that. – Zaralynda Jul 31 '17 at 19:56

We could have

with a strong wiki that it's any issues to do with the heart.


Another option is:

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