Cardiology Terminology: Medical-Speak in Plain Language

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Cardiology Terminology: Medical-Speak in Plain Language

Cardiology terminology doesn't have to be scary.Being diagnosed with heart disease can be frightening. One source of the fear is that all of a sudden it seems like your doctor is speaking a foreign language. You're hearing terms you've never heard before, and he or she is talking about body parts you've never thought of. I'm here to clear up that confusion for you, and maybe relieve some of the fear. 

Your doctor isn't trying to confuse you. It's just that every field has its own special language. From the stock market to texting, we all shorten lengthy words and sometimes substitute abbreviations to make things quicker and simpler for those working in that particular area to share information with each other.

This "lingo" also occurs in the world of medicine. However, I’ve found that, when medical professionals use this shorthand with patients, it can be a bit confusing. So I thought a little Heart 101 may help make some complex communications with your doctor or healthcare provider a bit less formidable.

Below are some common terms you may hear your doctor use.


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DISCLAIMER: The content of is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

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