haemophilus influenza

disease is caused by a bacterial infection. The illness can range from mild to severe. It has nothing to do with the influenza virus (flu)

 

hallucinate

see or hear things that are not there

hand hygiene

hand washing

hazard

harmful, danger

health literacy

being able to find, understand and use health information to look after your health

healthcare provider

a person whose job it is to take care of the health of others

heart

the organ that pumps blood through your body

muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. The heart is positioned in the chest behind the sternum (breastbone); in front of the trachea (windpipe), esophagus (tube connecting throat to stomach) and aorta (main artery in the body); and above the diaphragm (main muscle of breathing).

heart block

abnormal heart rhythm where the heart beats too slowly

a disorder of the electrical system of the heart.  There are different kinds of heart block, some more serious than others. Heart block may be a reason a person would need a pacemaker. 

heart murmur

an unusual sound heard between heartbeats

extra swishing sound made by the heart when blood goes through it. Some cause no problems and others need to be treated medically or surgically.

heart rate

number of times your heart beats in a minute

 

hemaglobin

a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body

hemaglobin A1c

a blood test to show your blood sugar levels over the last 3 months

hemangioma

an abnormal buildup of blood vessels on or under the surface of the skin

commonly called a "strawberry" or strawberry hemangioma by parents. It is a type of vascular birthmark that typically appear in the first few weeks after a baby is born, can grow rapidly during an infant's first year of life, and then typically goes away by the time the child is 5 to 8 years old.

hematocrit (HCT)

amount of red blood cells in your blood

hematocrit test

blood test that counts your red blood cells

hematological

about blood

hematologist

medical doctor who looks after patients with blood conditions

hematology

the study of blood and blood diseases

hematoma

bruise

a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues

hematuria

blood in your urine

hemodialysis

using a machine to clean your blood

Kidney disease causes your kidneys to lose their ability to filter and remove waste and extra fluid from your body. Hemodialysis is a process that uses a man-made membrane (dialyzer) to remove wastes, from your blood.

hemodialysis

a treatment for kidney failure that removes wastes and water from your blood

a treatment for kidney failure in which your blood passes through a dialyzer to remove wastes and water

hemoglobin

red blood cells that carry oxygen to body cells

hepatic

about your liver

hepatitis A

liver disease

liver disease that you get from drinking bad water or eating bad food

hepatitis B

liver disease you get from someone else's blood or body fluids

hepatitis C

liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, by contact with infected body fluids
 

hernia

when a part of the body (from the inside) pushes through a weak spot in the muscle or surrounding tissue

protrusion of an organ through a tissue that normally contains the organ

herpes simplex

virus, sores, cold sores

herpes simplex virus, also known as HSV, is an infection that causes herpes. Herpes can appear in various parts of the body, most commonly on the genitals or mouth

herpes zoster (shingles)

a condition that causes painful sores on your skin

an infection that shows up as a painful skin rash with blisters, usually on part of one side of the body (left or right), often in a strip

high risk

a good chance that something could happen

high-risk pregnancy (high risk)

your pregnancy is called high-risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of a health problem

a pregnancy with a higher than normal risk of developing complications. Risk may be related to a woman's age, a woman carrying multiple fetuses, Rh incompatibility, preterm labour, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, among other conditions.

hind milk

breast milk produced at the end of a feeding. High in calories and fat.

hives

rash

red, itchy, swellings on your skin

Hodgkin's disease (Hodgkin's lymphoma)

cancer in you lymph nodes

Hodgkin's lymphoma — formerly known as Hodgkin's disease — is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system

home nocturnal hemodialysis

a way to do hemodialysis at home while you sleep

hormone

chemicals that help different parts of your body know how they should work

chemical messenger that regulated bodily functions such as blood pressure and the making of red blood cells

hospice

a team of people who give care to a person and their family when the person is nearing the end of their life

hospitalization

time when you are in the hospital, time spent in hospital

host

person or animal

an animal or plant that harbors and provides sustenance for another organism (the parasite)

the recipient of an organ or other tissue derived from another organism (the donor)

HPV (human papillomavirus)

a virus that may cause cervical cancer

humidify

to moisten the air

hyper

high, higher

hyperglycemia

too much glucose (sugar) in the blood

hyperglycemia while pregnant is usually a sign of gestational diabetes

hyperlipidemia

high cholesterol

hypersensitivity

strong reaction

hypertension/hypertensive

high blood pressure

hypo

low, lower

hypoglycemia/hypoglycemic

low blood sugar

hyposensitivity

weak reaction

hypotension/hypotensive

low blood pressure

hysterectomy

surgery to remove your uterus (womb)