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Common Cardiovascular Abbreviations

AAA abdominal aortic aneurysm
ABG arterial blood gas
AMI acute myocardial infarction
ASD atrial septal defect
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
ASO arteriosclerosis obliterans
AV atrioventricular
BPM beats per minute
CAD coronary artery disease
CCU coronary care unit
CHF congestive heart failure
COU coronary observation unit
CPK creatinine phosphokinase
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CVP central venous pressure
EKG electrocardiogram
HDL high density lipoprotein
IAPB intra-aortic balloon pump
ICU intensive care unit
IHSS idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis
LAD left anterior descending coronary artery
LAP left atrial pressure
LC left circumflex artery
LCA left coronary artery
LDH lactic dehydrogenase
LM left main
LVEDP left ventricular end-diastolic pressure
MCL midclavicular line
PA pulmonary arterial (line)
PAC premature atrial contractions
PAP pulmonary arterial pressure
PAT paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
PCO2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide
PDA patent ductus arteriosus
PMI point of maximal impulse
PO2 partial pressure of oxygen
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PVC premature ventricular contractions
PWP pulmonary wedge pressure
RCA right coronary artery
RHD rheumatic heart disease
SA sinoatrial
SBE subacute bacterial endocarditis
SGOT serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase
VSD ventricular septal defect


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