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AF / AFib - Atrial Fibrillation
HF - Heart Failure
EP - Electrophysiologist, a cardiologist specialising in heart rhythms
PAF- Paroxsysmal (ie occasional) Atrial Fibrillation
PVI - Pulmonary Vein Isolation - ablation treatment for AF
PVC - Premature Ventricular contractions, extra beats that make your heart feel like it's flip flopping
PACs - similar to a PVC but this is a premature atrial contraction, they often result in PVCs
INR - International Normalised Ratio - indicates coagulation time ratio to normal for warfarin patients
PIP = Pill in Pocket = medication taken as when needed rather than regularly
QOL = Quality of life
NOAC = Non Vitamin K Oral anti Coagulant (eg apixaban)
DOAC - Direct Oral AntiCoagulant (Many doctors are referring to them as this now)
NSR - Normal Sinus Rhythm - a heart rhythm not in any arrhythmia
TOE = Trans Oesophageal Echocardiogram. They put a camera down your throat to look at your heart with ultrasound.
CV = cardioversion, more properly DCCV Direct current cardioversion. They shock your heart to re-boot the natural pacemaker.
ECG / EKG - Electrocardiogram - a simple test used to check your heart's rhythm and electrical activity