Like any exclusive club, heart disease has its own complex jargon, understandable only by other members of the club, particularly by cardiac care experts – not patients! If you need a translator, just click here to find my patient-friendly, jargon-free glossary of the most common acronyms/terms/abbreviations you’ll likely find around the cardiac ward.
NOTE from CAROLYN: This entire patient-friendly, jargon-free glossary (all 8,000 words!) is now part of my book “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease“ (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017). You can ask for it at your local bookshop, or order it online (paperback, hardcover or e-book) at Amazon, or order it directly from my publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press (use the JHUP code HTWN to save 20% off the list price).