Heart industry abbreviations

Pookie asked that I repost this list.
My plan is to post it every couple of months but can move it up to once a month if it is wanted.
If the club wants to put it in the Clubhouse corner, that would be ok.
It was last posted 17 July.
See the GB from ElectricFrank.
The ones with question marks, I am still unsure about the defination. As always comments, revisions, corrections etc are welcome
Later, Charlie

AF or A Fib = atrial fibrillation
AV = atrioventricular
ApVp = Atrial Paced Ventricle Paced, This is the rate response mode
ApVs = Atrial paced Ventricle Sensed
AsVp = Atrial Sensed Ventricle Paced
AsVs = Atrial Sensed Ventricle Sensed
BBB= bundle branch block
BP = blood pressure
BPM = beats per minute
BRADY = bradyarrhythmia or bradycardia (slow heartrate)
CHF = congestive heart failure
COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CT = cardiothoracic surgeon
DFT = defibrillation threshold ??
DHF = diastolic heart failure
ECG = electro cardio graph
EP = electrophysiologist (type of cardiologist sort of a heart electrician)
EF = ejection fraction
GB=Good bye uttered during the 10-15 seconds after your heart stops and before losing consciousness. (:, from ElectricFrank, thanks Frank for keeping it light
HB = heart block
HOCM = hypertrophic obstructive cardimyopathy, also known as IHSS
HR = heart rate in beats per minute
ICD = implantable cordioverter defibrillator, scientific name
ICD = implantable cardio device, common name
ICD = implantable cardio defibrillator, slang
ICD = I can't die, from Medtees
IHSS = idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis
IST = inappropriate sinus tachycardia
LHM = latitude heart monitor
LHHM = latitude home heart monitor
LVNC = left ventricular noncompaction
LQTS = long QT syndrome
NCS = neuro-cardiogenic syncope
PA = physician assistant
PAB = premature atrial beats
PAC = premature atrial contraction
PFO = patent foramen ovale
PO = Pulse Oximeter
POTS = postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a form of dysautonomia
PM = pacemaker
PMT = pacemaker mediated tachycardia
PSVT = praxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, proxysmal = starting and stopping suddenly, supraventricular = originating above the ventricles
PVC = premature ventricular contraction
QT = Q and T are points on an EKG - they're not short for anything
RAL = right atrial
RVL = right ventricle
RV Pacing = right ventricle pacing
SBR = sudden brady response
SSS = sick sinus syndrome
SVT = supraventricular tachycardia
SCA = sudden cardiac arrest
SCD = sudden cardiac death
SA = sinoatrial
TACHY = tachyarrhythmia or tachycardia (fast heartrate)
VF = ventricular fibrillation
VT = ventricular tachycardia
VVS = vaso-vagal syncope


Thanks, also

by hturatram - 2008-07-31 07:07:17

Great list and very informative.
I have another suggestion, not as serious. For those who aren't familiar with the acronyms used mostly in the chat room, go to www.sharpened.net/glossary/acronyms.php
for a list.

One more.

by Stepford_Wife - 2008-08-01 07:08:39

DVT = Deep Vein Thrombosis. ( Blood Clot )

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