ICD


An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, also called an automated internal defibrillator, is a device similar to a pacemaker that is implanted to detect and treat overly rapid abnormal heartbeats known as arrhythmias. When the ICD detects a dangerous arrhythmia, it delivers electrical shocks to restore a normal heartbeat.

impaired fasting glucose


Impaired fasting glucose is a form of prediabetes. It means that while fasting for eight hours, a person's blood sugar level is 100 to 125 mg/dL. People with impaired fasting glucose are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

impaired glucose tolerance


Impaired glucose tolerance is when the body is unable to break down, or metabolize, sugar adequately. The body uses a type of sugar called glucose for energy. People with impaired glucose tolerance, also called abnormal glucose tolerance, are considered prediabetics. They are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which is an important risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

implantable cardioverter defibrillator


An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, is a device similar to a pacemaker that is implanted to detect and treat overly rapid abnormal heartbeats known as arrhythmias. When the ICD detects a dangerous arrhythmia, it delivers electrical shocks to restore a normal heartbeat.

incidence


Incidence is an estimate of how many new cases of a disease develop in a population over a specific time period, such as the incidence of cardiovascular disease in the United States.

infant CPR


Infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed on a child under the age of 12 months who is not breathing. CPR procedures for infants are similar to CPR for adults but there are several important differences.

infective endocarditis


Endocarditis refers to inflammation of the heart lining or valves, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Risk for developing endocarditis includes those having had placement of a prosthetic heart valve, previous endocarditis, previous heart valve surgery, abnormal heart valves or certain congenital heart defects. Common symptoms include fever and other flu-like symptoms.

inferior vena cava


The inferior vena cava is a major vein that carries blood from the legs and abdomen to the heart. The inferior vena cava connects to the heart's right atrium.

insulin


Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that turns sugar and other food into energy. When you have diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin, can't use its own insulin efficiently or both.

insulin resistance


Insulin resistance is when a patient's body can't use insulin efficiently. The pancreas responds by releasing more insulin to try controlling blood sugar levels. Over time, the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin break down and even go away. That causes blood sugar levels to rise and diabetes to develop. Insulin resistance may be linked to obesity, hypertension and high levels of fat in the blood.

intermittent claudication


Intermittent claudication is poor circulation in leg arteries due to buildup of plaque. It is marked by pain, cramping or fatigue in the legs and buttocks during activity that diminishes or goes away when standing still. It is a common, early symptom of peripheral artery disease. Intermittent claudication may occur in both legs, and the symptoms often get worse over time. Smokers are especially at risk.

intraaortic balloon pump


An intraaortic balloon pump is a device implanted to assist an ailing left ventricle to pump blood through the heart. An intraaortic balloon pump increases cardiac output and relieves pulmonary congestion.

invasive procedure


An invasive procedure is when a healthcare provider uses a needle, tube, scope or other device that goes inside a patient’s body – thus, “invading” it. Examples of an invasive procedure range from a needle prick for a blood test to major surgeries.

ischemia


Ischemia is reduced blood flow to an organ. Ischemia is usually caused by a constricted or blocked artery.

ischemic heart disease


Ischemic heart disease is a heart problem caused by heart arteries that are narrowed. When there are blockages in arteries, they become narrowed, which means less blood and oxygen reaches the heart muscle. When more oxygen is needed, such as while exercising, the heart cannot meet the demands. The lack of oxygen caused by ischemic heart disease can product chest pain, discomfort known as angina pectoris or even a heart attack.

ischemic stroke


Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot or other particle blocks an artery in the brain or an artery leading to the brain. This causes brain cells to die or be injured. Cerebral thrombosis and cerebral embolism are ischemic strokes.

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