cardiac catheter n.
A long, fine catheter that can be passed into the chambers of the heart via a vein or artery as a means of withdrawing samples of blood, measuring pressures within the heart’s chambers or great vessels, or injecting contrast media. Also called intracardiac catheter.
- Cardiac cirrhosis
cardiac cirrhosis cardiac cirrhosis n. An extensive fibrotic reaction occurring within the liver as a result of prolonged congestive heart failure. Also called pseudocirrhosis.
one complete heartbeat, consisting of one contraction and relaxation of the heart. cardiac cycle n. A complete beat of the heart, including systole and diastole and the intervals between, beginning with any event in the heart’s action to the moment when that same event is repeated. cardiac cycle The rhythmic contraction (systole) and relaxation (diastole) […]
- Cardiac decompression
cardiac decompression cardiac decompression n. The relief of pressure on the heart caused by blood or fluid in the pericardial sac by means of an incision in the pericardium. Also called pericardial decompression.
- Cardiac dysrhythmia
cardiac dysrhythmia cardiac dysrhythmia n. Any abnormality in the rate, regularity, or sequence of cardiac activation. Also called cardiac arrhythmia.