when your heart beats faster than normal

faster than normal heart rate


when your breathing is faster than normal

faster than normal breathing

target weight

during dialysis, the weight you are trying to get to

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a way that your doctor and nurse can keep track of how your heart is beating.

used for patients who are at risk of abnormal heart activity. Sticky pads are attached to a person's chest to measure, record and transmit data to a portable ECG machine which monitors your condition. This data can be useful in diagnosis of the your condition by your doctor. An alarm can also alert your health care team if you are suffering from an acute condition or your condition worsens. 

teratogen (teratogenic)

something that can hurt your baby before he or she is born

drug or other substance that can interfere with the development of a fetus, causing birth defects


the length of a pregnancy, or 40 weeks. This can also refer to a baby born between 38 to 42 weeks of gestation.


 not curable, deadly, fatal


stop, end


male hormone

tetanus (lockjaw)

a disease that affects your muscles

Tetanus (also known as lockjaw) is an infection spread by bacteria. The bacteria lives in dirt, soil and dust, but can also be found in human and animal feces (poop). If you have even a tiny cut in your skin, tetanus bacteria can get in. The infection affects the nerves that control your muscles


healing, improving, getting better



thoracentesis (pleural tap)

procedure to remove fluid from the space between your lungs and your chest wall. This space is called the pleural space

procedure to remove fluid or air from the pleural space in your chest. A  hollow needle, is carefully inserted into the thorax, generally after administration of local anesthesia. 


vibration you feel in your dialysis fistula

Feel for the thrill in your fistula.  The thrill is the vibration you feel as the blood flows through your fistula or graft.  A decrease or absence of the thrill may indicate that your access isn’t working as well as it should.the vibration you feel as the blood flows through your dialysis fistula or graft


low platelet count

tissue typing

blood test to see if a donor is a match with someone donating an organ

laboratory test to determine the genetic makeup of a person.  Used to ensure compatibility of a organs before transplant.



to change the dose of a medication


blood test

a test that measures the concentration of a solution. For example-the antibody titre detects the presence and measures the amount of antibodies within the blood


on the surface, on your skin, on your body

total parenteral nutrition (TPN)

is a method of getting nutrition into your body through your veins

nutrition that is provided via intravenous. Consists of electrolytes, glucose, vitamins and minerals as well as fats. Used if a baby is unable to be fed orally or via nasogastric (NG) tube.


study of harmful things

the branch of science concerned with the nature, effects, and detection of poisons


reduce, slow down, lower

transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

a test that makes pictures of your heart. TEE uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that lead to and from it

a special echocardiogram where a probe is inserted into the mouth and throat. It is done when your doctor want a closer look at your heart and valves (see heart tests)

transfemoral aortic valve intervention (TAVI)

a procedure that allows your aortic valve to be replaced using a long narrow tube called a catheter. Usually, the catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel in your groin or through a small incision in your chest

a surgical procedure for aortic valve replacement (see conditions and treatments/TAVI)




when you are given blood directly into your vein through an intravenous (IV)


see-through, clear

transverse myelitis

back disease, inflammation of your spinal cord


injury, damage, wound; cut, laceration, lesion, abrasion, contusion

upset, shock, distress, stress, strain, pain, anguish, suffering,


give care, take care of


action, medication, therapy


shaking, trembling


to sort

when you get to the emergency department (ED) you will meet the hospital triage nurse. The triage nurse will check your condition, as well as any changes, and will decide on your priority for the ED and also for treatment



something that can bring on your symptoms


three months, time span of three months

pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each approximately 13 to 14 weeks long. Generally speaking, each trimester is marked by different phases of fetal development.

tuberculosis (TB)

a disease of your lungs

a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air when you cough and sneeze


a small tube

a tube in the nephron which collects and processes urine from the glomerulus before the urine passes into the renal pelvis


growth, lump, mass