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Do you know the difference between V.T. and T.V?

25 Jan

by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters

Like any exclusive club, heart disease has its own jargon, understandable only by other members of the club, particularly by cardiac care providers.  For example, I remember lying in my CCU bed (that’s the Coronary Intensive Care Unit), trying to memorize the letters LAD (that’s the Left Anterior Descending, the large coronary artery whose 99% blockage had caused my MI (myocardial infarction – in my case, the so-called ‘widowmaker’ heart attack).

To help others needing simultaneous translation of this new lingo in your research or in your own medical records, here’s a helpful list of some of the most common acronyms/terms you’ll likely find around the cardiac ward. 

NOTE from CAROLYN:  This entire patient-friendly, jargon-free glossary (all 8,000 words!) is also part of my book A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017).   Continue reading