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Abbreviations and Acronyms

We have been asked to share a post and pin it to the top explaining abbreviations and acronyms commonly used. We hope that this helps but if there are any others we've missed, please feel free to comment below.

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 - Electrocardiogram - a simple test used to check your heart's rhythm and electrical activity

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And I thought an NOAC was a 'New Oral Anti-Coagulant', hence the attempt to change to DOAC, as they aren't 'new' any more!

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Novel oral anticoagulant

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Me too. especially as it translated nicely into Italian.

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How about some terms used outside the UK, like EKG?

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This is a UK site

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But it is appreciated and used by many people elsewhere.

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Yes. Like this Canadian

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Thanks Rachel x

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What is ectopic ? And initials for persistent AF?

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What is INR?

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Given in the first post.

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I suggest PerAF to differentiate Persistent/Permanent from Paroxysmal. Also AFL for Atrial Flutter.

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I agree, permanent AF is better as not sure persistent described it adequately, but what do I know i'm a mere patient.

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