There are lots of weird and wonderful phrases and words when it comes to everything heart related.

This is a concise list of some Technical Terms –

Anti-arrhythmic – this is a drug to control a disorder of the heart rhythm

Arrhythmia – a disorder of the heart rhythm

Atherosclerosis – the build up of fatty material within the walls of the arteries

Bolus injection – When a drug is injected directly into a vein

Cholesterol lowering drug – a drug to lower the blood cholesterol level

Coronary Heart Disease – When the walls of the arteries become narrowed by a gradual build up of fatty material called atheroma

Coronary Thrombosis – The formation of a clot in the coronary arteries which can cause a heart attack. It is also a name used instead of heart attack

Enzymes – proteins that help to stimulate chemical actions in the body

Fibrin – a protein formed by clotting factors in the blood to act as part of the clotting process

Generic name – this is the actual name of the drug

HDL Cholesterol – high density lipoprotein. Sometime known as the protective cholesterol

Heart Failure – when the pumping action of the heart is less efficient

Heart Rate – number of beats per minute

Hypertension – high blood pressure

Intramuscular – into a muscle

Intravenous – into a vein

LDL cholesterol – low density lipoprotein. Sometimes known as bad cholesterol

Lipid drug – a drug to lower the level of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood

Myocardial infarction – Heart attack

Platelets – small blood cells which are important for helping the blood clot.

Proprietary name – this is the trade name of the drug

Sublingual – under the tongue

Triglycerides – a type of fatty substance found in the blood