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Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:31 AM

Sometimes you will see these abbreviations on reports or hear people use this terminology. This is an attempt to help you understand what they are talking about.

ACLS---advanced cardiac life support
A-fib---atrial fibrillation
ASCAD--- arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease, atherosclerotic coronary artery disease
ASCVD--- arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASHD--- arteriosclerotic heart disease, atherosclerotic heart disease
AV--- atrioventricular, arteriovenous
CABG--- coronary artery bypass graft/grafting
ECG--- electrocardiogram, electrocardiography
EF--- ejection fraction
EKG--- electrocardiogram, electrocardiography
fem-fem---femoral-femoral
fem-pop---femoral-popliteal
IVC--- inferior vena cava
LAD--- left anterior descending (artery)
LAO--- left anterior oblique
LCA--- left coronary artery, left circumflex artery
LIMA--- left internal mammary artery
LV--- left ventricle/ventricular
MI---myocardial infarction
OMB---obtuse marginal branch
PAC--- premature atrial contraction, premature auricular contraction
PDA--- patent ductus arteriosus, posterior descending artery
PE---pulmonary embolism/embolus
PTCA--- percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PVC---premature ventricular contraction
PVD--- peripheral vascular disease
RAD--- right anterior descending (artery)
RAO---right anterior oblique
RCA--- right coronary artery, right circumflex artery
SMA--- superior mesenteric artery
SVC--- superior vena cava
V-tach---ventricular tachycardia

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 06:58 PM

Thanks Jerry. This is good information for new folks as well as folks that have been here all along. There are often some letters spoken that I can not figure out. Anyone have any other ones to share?
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 11:54 AM

ACHD...adult congenital heart disease
ASD...atrial septal defect
AV...atrioventricular
BP...blood pressure
CHD...congenital heart disease
CHF...congestive heart failure
EP...electrophysiology
HTN...hypertension
KOH...King of Hearts
MVP...mitral valve prolapse
PAC...premature atrial contractions
PAD...peripheral artery disease
PFT...pulmonary function tests
PSVT...paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
SA...sinoatrial
SVT...supraventricular tachycardia
VSD...ventricular septal defect
VT...ventricular tachycardia
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