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Of or pertaining to the prevention and treatment of illness, and the preservation of physical and mental well-being, through the services provided by medical professionals.

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directional coronary atherectomy (dca)

Health care; Heart disease

This rare procedure is used to clean out clogged heart arteries. A DCA catheter has a hollow cylinder on the tip with an open window on one side and a balloon on the other. When ...


Health care; Heart disease

A process used to harden unsaturated liquid vegetable oils into saturated fats.

intra-aortic balloon pump assist device (IABP)

Health care; Heart disease

A machine that can help the pumping function of the heart. It is usually inserted through an artery in the groin area and threaded backwards into the descending thoracic aorta in ...

nuclear scan

Health care; Heart disease

Nuclear imaging is a method of producing images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after the administration of a radioactive tracer material.

living will

Health care; Heart disease

A document written in "good" health which informs your family and health care providers of your wishes for extended medical treatment in times of emergency.

left ventricular assist device (LVAD)

Health care; Heart disease

A mechanical device placed in people with end-stage heart disease whose hearts do not pump a sufficient amount of blood to keep the body healthy (heart failure). The device aids ...

magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Health care; Heart disease

A test that produces high-quality still and moving pictures of the heart and large blood vessels. MRI uses large magnets and radio-frequency waves to produce pictures of the ...