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Cardiology Abbreviations 101

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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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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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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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