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The Cardiovascular System

Aneurysm Localized dilation of a weakened area of the wall of an artery. The weakened area balloons out with every pulsation of the artery.
Atherosclerosis A form of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) characterized by fatty deposits building up within the inner layers of the walls of larger arteries.
Bruit An abnormal sound or murmur heard when listening to a caroitid artery, organ, or gland with a stethoscope.
Coronary artery One of the a pair of arteries that branch from the aorta. the coronary arteryies and their branches supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle (myocardium)
Cusp Any one of the small flaps on the valves of the heart.
Diastole The period of relaxation of the heart, alternating with the contraction phase known as systole.
Dysrhythmia Abnormal rythem.
Endocarditis Inflammation of the inner lining of the heart.
Hypertension Elevated blood pressure persistently higher than 135/85 mmHg.
Hypotension Low blood pressure
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