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By Column Five Media
on June 15, 2011
With hundreds of medical terms to memorize, aspiring health professionals need to undertand common medical prefixes and postfixes. This infographic explores common medical prefixes and postfixes and their meaning.
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Came into the hospital in serious but stable condition
Came into the hospital in serious but stable condition
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Angina Pectoris is simply ischemic chest pain that can be felt in various regions of the body. 
Nitroglycerin is an effective analgesic for the treatment of the ischemic chest pain (angina pectoris). It also has beneficial hemodynamic effects including dilation of the arterioles, veins in the periphery, and coronary arteries, which decreases preload. In turn, lowering the workload and myocardial oxygen demand of the heart muscle.
Because of it’s powerful hemodynamic effects, nitroglycerin should not be used in patients with:
- Hypotension (systolic pressure  100 bpm)
- Recent use of erectile dysfunction medication (
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phiairmed:

The Valves of the Heart
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Pediatric Trauma:

Children may have experienced a serious injury even though there may be little or no outward signs such as fractured ribs, bleeding, or contusions, because their bodies can compensate better for significant blood loss.

-Children can compensate for significant blood loss, resulting in delayed external indication of serious injury. Their flexible ribs allow energy of blunt trauma to penetrate deeply into underlying organs, their organs are no more superficial than an adult’s, nor do they have more blood vessels.
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Pericarditis is swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding your heart. Chest pain is the cardinal symptom of pericarditis, usually precordial or retrosternal with referral to the trapezius ridge, neck, left shoulder, or arm. Other signs and symptoms include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, low-grade fever, and weakness.