Elimination or removal.
A test performed to discover genetic disorders and birth defects. The test involves inserting a needle through the abdominal wall of a pregnant woman and into the amniotic sac to retrieve a sample of amniotic fluid.
A widening in a blood vessel or area of the heart that may result in a rupture.
A procedure to widen narrowed arteries.
An abnormal structural feature not usually present in a healthy individual.
The blood vessel that delivers oxygen-rich blood from the left ventricle to the body.
Narrowing of the opening of the aortic valve.
The valve that regulates blood flow from the left ventricle into the aorta. Consisting of three flaps, or cusps, it prevents blood from flowing back into the ventricle.
An abnormal rhythm of the heart. Also called dysrhythmia.
Hardening and thickening of the walls of the arteries.
A blood vessel that carries oxygenated blood away from the heart to the body.
The absence of a normal opening in the body.
The top two chambers of the heart. A single chamber is called an atrium.
Irregular beating of the atria.
Atrial septal defect (ASD)
A hole in the wall between the right and left atria.
A procedure that uses a catheter (tube) with a balloon in the tip to open up a narrowed valve or blood vessel.
A procedure in which a balloon-tipped catheter is passed into the heart and across a narrow valve, then inflated in order to expand the valve opening.
Any defect present at birth; sometimes referred to as congenital.
Collection of a small sample of tissue for closer examination.
The pressure of the blood flowing in the arteries.