Help us start a List!

Ok. Many members have been asking about all those initials and abbreviations that are always floating around this web site being used like they are common vernacular. SO...I suggest we help each other out and post what we know so that reading posts will be easier (and maybe we'll all get a little bit smarter in the process)! :) I'll even start!

VVS = vasovagal syncope
NCS = neurocardiogenic syncope
SCD = sudden cardiac death
BPM = beats per minute

Now it's your turn to help out!


Some more info.!

by ela-girl - 2007-05-02 09:05:08

I did some searching on the web, and if you yahoo search the term "cardiac abbreviations" this web site pops up:

It not only tells you some of the common abbreviations, it explains the condition a bit, too!

But, I don't have patience to look there, so keep posting them here, too!


To Rusty: ha ha about the teacher thing! :)


by ela-girl - 2007-05-02 09:05:10

I tried to private message you but something isn't working.

My pacer is an Ela Symphony DR 2550 dual pm. I had it put in via emergency surgery in October. It has been 29 weeks tomorrow since getting my life back!

Woo hoo!

Great stuff!

by boatman50 - 2007-05-02 09:05:34

You have already exceeded my knowledge! Good job!


by jessie - 2007-05-02 09:05:36

how about lol laughing out loud

awesome idea!

by randrews - 2007-05-02 09:05:53

Good idea ela,
you just increased my knowledge my 100%. Unfortunatly I have nothing to add except pm.
You must be a teacher, haha

Hi Ela Girl

by Blueaustralia - 2007-05-02 09:05:54

Thanks for the knowledge it's good to know what all the letters mean. Do you have and Ela PM. I do. If so what sort do you have? Also when did you receive your pm.

Here are a few more.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-05-02 11:05:23

AFIB = Atrial Fibrillation
HB = Heart Block
CHF = Chronic Heart Failure
PVC = Premature Ventricular Complex
EKG / ECG = Electrocardiogram

~ Dominique ~


by herbie - 2007-05-03 03:05:57

I have the same pacemaker make and model as you Ela girl! I had it implanted in January. I have often wondered if your username was based on your pacemaker manufacturer - now I know!

The only other abbreviation I have to add is CHB - Congenital Heart Block.

Great idea by the way!


Way to take initiative :)

by valerie - 2007-05-03 06:05:56

I like lists! how exciting!

Well, there's SOB, which is "Short Of Breath".......among other things, lol! I saw that on an ER episode once.
anyway, you should feel proud "ela-girl" b/c you're making people smarter by the meenite! :)
take care,

Great idea!

by sboissonnas - 2007-05-03 10:05:58

LQTS = Long QT Syndrome.

(Q and T are points on an EKG - they're not short for anything.)



by sboissonnas - 2007-05-03 12:05:04

This list should go in the FAQ!


I have to say!

by Christmmpace - 2007-05-03 12:05:38

I sure love your spirit!:0)


by bambi - 2007-05-03 12:05:44

What a great idea ela-girl! Thank you for starting this list! I've already learned quite a bit.I thought your name was Ela! I had no idea there was a pacemaker with this name! As Jessie said- LOL! I'm going to do some research and try to add to this list.

always more...

by queen_beez - 2007-05-04 03:05:33

Just when I thought that I had learned all I could now that I am an old pro not a newbie>LOL 1/16/07 .But I can add a couple SSS ,sick synus syndrome.Kind of they way your heart beat at an odd rate, I believe).DVT, deep vein thrombosis, not a heart condition but if you do get it then you can get a PE ,pulmonary embolism,which in turn can weaken ones heart and then that can lead to a PM pacemaker ,LOL>. Also something simple but ... EP Electrophysiologistthe doc that does the readings and interogates ones pm. then theres the CAT lab where a pm can be implanted, Catheterization Lab ,
Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)
CT Scan (Computerized (Axial) Tomography) – A rotating X-ray beam “scans” a narrow cross section of the body. Many scans are taken and a computer reconstructs the images, which are displayed on a screen and permanently recorded. Often contrast media are given to enhance the different soft tissues on the images
IV – Intravenous. Within or into a vein
Mitral Valve – MV, The cardiac valve between the left atrium and left ventricle
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) – A special scanner uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to gather information on soft tissues, such as the brain or spinal cord. A computer converts the information into images that are displayed on a screen and permanently recorded. Sometimes the patient is given a contrast medium injection to enhance the different soft tissues on the images. The patients have to be carefully screened for the presence of metal in their bodies due to the potential for injury from the strong magnetic
PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography) Prior to the test, the patient may be given information about dietary restrictions, in order to make sure their glucose levels are normal

The two main coronary arteries are the left and right coronary arteries. The left coronary artery (LCA), which divides into the left anterior descending artery and the circumflex branch, supplies blood to the left ventricle and left atrium. The right coronary artery (RCA), which divides into the right posterior descending and acute marginal arteries, supplies blood to the right ventricle, right atrium, and sinoatrial node (cluster of cells in the right atrial wall that regulates the heart's rhythmic rate), and atrioventricular node (AV node, a cluster of cells between the atria ancircumflex artery (Cx)
The circumflex artery branches off the left coronary artery and encircles the heart muscle. This artery supplies blood to the lateral side and back of the heart.
left anterior descending artery (LAD)
The left anterior descending artery branches off the left coronary artery and supplies blood to the front of the left side d ventricles that regulate the electrical current

Coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease (CAD), is characterized by the accumulation of fatty deposits along the innermost layer of the coronary arteries. The fatty deposits may develop in childhood and continue to thicken and enlarge throughout the life span. This thickening, called atherosclerosis, narrows the arteries and can decrease or block the flow of blood

Hope I didn't go too far and bore you all half to death. Once I got started I couldn't stop.My apologies to those that I irratated.Hope evryone is well.
Truly, your "strange" freind,

Another to add

by Peter.Nash - 2007-05-04 06:05:03

Hi ela-girl...
How about COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and COAD - chronic obstructive airways disease....
Or here in the UK "Gone to Rose Cottage" in other words kicked the bucket !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know you're wired when...

You participate in the Pacer Olympics.

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