Labels and Acronyms

The following labels are used to identify specific types of postings within my blog:

ACHA blog
In late fall 2011, I started blogging for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). Posts that are tagged with this label have also been published on the ACHA Blog.

Living as an adult with a CHD is an ongoing journey. While this blog is focused on my own experiences living with Tetralogy of Fallot, this label identifies posts that are related to my journey, but not necessarily directly connected to the health and medical aspects of it.

personal health
This label is used to identify the blog posts that specifically document my personal health and medical journey as an adult with tetralogy of Fallot.

The following acronyms are commonly used in the congenital heart defect/disease community, and they appear throughout my blog. I've done my best to identify them within individual postings, but I've also included a list here for reference:

ACHA = Adult Congenital Heart Association
ACHD = adult congenital heart defect/disease
CHD = congenital heart defect/disease
EP = electrophysiology or electrophysiologist
ICD = implantable cardioverter defibrillator
OHS = open heart surgery
LPA = left pulmonary artery
NSVT = nonsustained ventricular tachycardia
PA = pulmonary artery
PV = pulmonary valve
PVR = pulmonary valve replacement
ToF = Tetralogy of Fallot
TV = ventricular tachycardia