Abnormally fast heartbeat, one of the two main types of arrhythmias, or disorders of heart rhythm. See also Paroxysmal tachycardia.
|target heart rate||
the goal number of beats per minute to be sure your heart is working hard during an exercise test; your target heart rate is based on a formula that takes into account your age, height, and weight
|Thallium stress test (nuclear scan)||
This test shows the working of the heart muscle as blood flows through the heart. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein, usually in the arm, and a camera records how much is taken up by the heart muscle.
a type of diuretic medication that works by causing more salt to be excreted than other diuretics; the most commonly used diuretic to treat high blood pressure
|thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA)||
an aneurysm in the upper part of the aorta, where it runs through the chest behind the heart; 1 in 4 aortic aneurysms are this type
Devices that remove a thrombus (blood clot).
The smallest blood cells responsible for clotting. Also known as platelets.
A dangerously low level of platelets (also called thrombocytes), blood cells involved in clotting.
See Clot busters.
a blood clotting problem that causes clots to form too easily; women with blood clotting problems are at risk for deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, and stroke
A blood clot.
|thyroid stimulating hormone test||
a standard blood test that determines how well your thyroid gland is working; the hormones produced by your thyroid gland affect all parts of the body, including the heart
a test to diagnose PAD in women who cannot have the standard exercise ankle-brachial index (ABI) test because they are unable to exercise on a treadmill; during this test you will exercise by standing flat-footed and using your calf muscles to lift your heels off the floor
|Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA)||
A drug that dissolves blood clots to restore blood flow to a blocked artery; the first-choice treatment for patients with blocked-vessel (ischemic) stroke; it must be given within a few hours of when stroke symptoms first appeared. Can also be used to treat heart attacks.
|toe-brachial index (TBI)||
a test used to diagnose PAD in women whose leg arteries are too stiff to get an accurate ankle-brachial index (ABI) reading; a TBI test compares the blood pressure in your big toe to that in your arm