This set of vocabulary contains words that pertain to CVD's, also known as Cardiovascular Diseases, as well as their detection and treatment methods.
Terms in this set (13)
Described as "high blood pressure", this illness is diagnosed when one's blood pressure is over 140/90. Nicknamed "silent killer"
A disease in which fatty substances (cholesterol) build up inside artery walls, causing artery walls to thicken.
The hardening of the arteries. They lose their elasticity and become stiff.
Occurs when the tissue in the heart doesn't receive it's normal blood supply and dies. Usually caused by a blot clot that blocks flow to the heart.
Irregular heart beat.
A life threatening arrhythmia in which the heart twitches rapidly in an uncoordinated fashion
Brain attack, or a sudden disruption of blood flow to the brain. Occurs when a weak artery burst, flooding the brain with blood.
A blood filled weak spot that balloons out from the artery wall
A thin tube with an expandable tip is guided into a coronary artery. As the tip is inflated, it flattens fatty deposits in the artery wall, improving blood flow. Metal structures called stents are sometimes inserted to keep the artery open
Surgeons use a vein form the patient's leg or an artificial blood vessel to construct a detour around a blocked coronary artery. This procedure creates an alternate route for blood flow.
An artificial pacemaker is a small, battery operated device that is surgically implanted in the chest. It produces electrical impulses that regulate the heartbeat
Inflammation of the heart valves, caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream in the mouth. FLOSS YOUR TEETH!
mitral valve prolapse
improper closure of the valve between the left atrium and ventricle during systole; leads to the backflow of blood into the left atrium and lungs