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Arrhythmia - means an abnormal heart rhythm
ICD - stands for internal cardioverter defibrillator, usually used to identify and treat life threatening arrhythmias.
AF/Afib - atrial fibrillation
CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Hypertension – medical term for high blood pressure.
DBP - diastolic blood pressure (this is the lowest level of your blood pressure, when your heart relaxes between beats)
Systolic blood pressure - this is the highest level of your blood pressure, when your heart beats and contracts to pump blood through your arteries.
Heart block – a type of abnormal heart rhythm when there is a delay in the electrical conduction system of the heart between the top and bottom chamber.
HF – heart failure
Ischaemic heart disease (or coronary heart disease) - the word 'ischaemic' means there is a lack of oxygenated blood supply to a part of the body.
MI – myocardial infarction (this is the medical term for a heart attack)
ECG - an electrocardiogram is test which records the rhythm, rate and electrical activity of your heart.
Stemi - this stands for 'ST-elevation myocardial infarction' – it’s a type of heart attack. ST-elevation refers to the area of the heart affected on the ECG reading.
SVT - supraventricular tachycardia (this is a condition when the top chambers of your heart suddenly beats much faster than usual)
TIA - transient ischaemic attack (also known as a mini-stroke)