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Abbreviations and Acronyms

RachelAdmin
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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.

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

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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!

Hidden
Hidden
in reply to Polski

Novel oral anticoagulant

paolina
paolina
in reply to Polski

Me too. especially as it translated nicely into Italian.

sotolol
sotolol
in reply to Polski

Me too Polska 🙄lol

Hidden
Hidden

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

Clareowenpearcy
Clareowenpearcy
in reply to Hidden

This is a UK site

But it is appreciated and used by many people elsewhere.

Coougar
Coougar
in reply to Polski

Yes. Like this Canadian

Thanks Rachel x

What is ectopic ? And initials for persistent AF?

What is INR?

CaroleF
CaroleF
in reply to phoebedrews

Given in the first post.

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Mickhall
Mickhall
in reply to Hidden

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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engvey00
engvey00
in reply to CDreamer

Thanks.

AT= atrial tachycardia

SVT = supraventricular tachycardia

Echo = echocardiogram

CXR = chest x-ray

AC = anticoagulant

NSR = sinus rhythm

AV = atrioventricular (as in AV node ablation)

SA = sinoatrial node (as in SA node)

PM = pacemaker

AFL = atrial flutter

AVNRT = Atrio Ventricular Nodal re-entry tachycardia.

Helpful for a newbie, thank you Rachel.

Thank you Rachel, very useful.

But what is CHAD and how is it calculated.

Derlin

Please could you add SVT? New to me.

Sqnldr
Sqnldr
in reply to Sqnldr

Just seen Oyster's helpful additions, thanks!

I didn't find NSAID - I'd be pleased if you could enlighten me - I can usually work it out but just don't get this one.

Kaz747
Kaz747
in reply to paolina

Non Steroid Anti-inflammatory Drug

paolina
paolina
in reply to Kaz747

Thanks

Thanks.

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