CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

n. a class of diseases which cause an abnormal function in the heart and blood vessels. The most common examples include hypertension, arteriosclerosis, rheumatic...

BRADYCARDIA

Slow heartbeat caused by a psychogenic or organic condition. See arrhythmia.

ANOXIA

n. reduced oxygen content primarily in the blood and brain due to reduced vascular functioning. Common causes include: carbon monoxide poisoning, cardiac arrest, respiratory...

CARDIAC INDEX

The measure of cardiac output per square metre of body surface.

ARHINENCCPHALIA ARRHYTHMIA

refers to the abnormal rhythm of the heartbeat. The specific nature of the change in heart rhythm is relatively important in terms of diagnosis...

CARDIAC MUSCLE

Specialised muscle of the heart of striated fibres that interlock and branch and are continuitry electrically.

ASPARTATE AMINOTRANSFERASE

an enzyme thought to be involved in muscular dystrophy. Increased levels in the blood yield a clinical sign of this disease, as is damage...

CARDIAC NEUROSIS

The fear of developing or having a heart condition after a slight palpitation or chest pain episode and they sure something is wrong.

ATROPINE

n. an anticholinergic drug derived from plants, particularly from belladonna (see also belladonna alkaloids). It is also produced synthetically. Its effects include increased heart...

CARDIAC PACEMAKER

A device implanted into the chest to control the heart beats and heart rhythm.

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