Bassetlaw Big Hearted

Your health professional may use some of these terms when making notes about your progress.

 

BP

Blood pressure

CABG

Coronary artery bypass graft

DCM

Dilated cardiomyopathy

ECG

Electrocardiogram – a ‘heart tracing’

ECHO

Echocardiogram – an ultrasound scan of the heart

ET

Exercise tolerance

1.    Good.  No limitations. Can manage more than 1 mile. Take regular exercise.

2.    Fair. Can manage up to ½ mile on the flat. Walking up inclines causes shortness of breath

3.    Moderate.  Limited to 100 yeards at best.  Washing and dressing causes shortness of breath.

4.    Poor. Shortness of breath at rest.

Fatigue

0 None

1 After moderate physical effort eg walking down the corridor or showering

2 After mild exertion eg washing and dressing

3 After minimal exertion eg standing from the chair

4 At rest

HR

Heart rate

JVP

Jugular venous pressure (measure of fluid overload).

LV

Left ventricle – this is the main pumping chamber of the heart.

MI

Myocardial infarction = heart attack

NYHA

New York Heart Association score, used for measuring degree of heart failure symptoms

1 No symptoms

2 Symptoms on moderate exertion

3 Symptoms on mild exertion

4 Symptoms at rest

Oedema

Swelling/water retention in the tissues.

Can occur in the feet, ankles, lower limbs and abdomen

1 None

2 Mild (resolves after rest)

3 Moderate (mid calf/below knee)

4 Above knee

5 Thigh/sacral/abdomen

PND

Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea – sudden wakening in the night due to shortness of breath

SOB

Shortness of breath

August 2011 - Taken from the British Heart Foundation publication ‘An everyday guide to living with heart failure : Personal record’, adapted from the Patient Held Record developed by Tracey Dare, BHF Specialist Nurse, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust