Cardioversion: The conversion of a cardiac rhythm or electrical pattern to another, generally from an abnormal one to a normal one. Cardioversion can be accomplished by using medications or by electrical shock with a special defibrillator.
Cardioverter: Although cardioversion (the conversion of one cardiac rhythm to another) may sometimes be done with medications, a cardioverter is now synonymous with a defibrillator. Implantable defibrillators continuously monitor the heart rhythm in order to detect and correct rapid arrhythmias such as Ventricular tachycardia (rapid regular beating of the ventricles, the bottom chambers of the […]
- Care proxy, health
Care proxy, health: An advance medical directive in the form of a legal document that designates another person (a proxy) to make health care decisions in case a person is rendered incapable of making his or her wishes known. The health care proxy has, in essence, the same rights to request or refuse treatment that […]
- Care, ambulatory
Care, ambulatory: Medical care provided on an outpatient basis, including diagnosis, observation, treatment, and rehabilitation services.
- Care, hospice
- Care, managed
Care, managed: Any system that manages health care delivery to control costs. Typically, managed care systems rely on a primary care physician who acts as a gatekeeper for other services, such as specialized medical care, surgery, and physical therapy.