To help you navigate the alphabet soup of today’s medical terminology, here’s
a guide to the most commonly-used medical acronyms:


ACS = Acute Coronary Syndrome                 AD = Alzheimer’s Disease

AF = Atrial Fibrillation                                   ALS = Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ARDS = Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

CAD = Coronary Artery Disease                   CHD = Congestive Heart Failure      
CRF = Chronic Renal Failure                         CVD = Cardiovascular Disease         
COPD = Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


DM = Diabetes Mellitus                                 DVT = Deep Vein Thrombosis

ESRD = End Stage Renal Disease                 FMS = Fibromyalgia Syndrome

GERD = Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease


HTN = Hypertension                                      IBD = Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome                    MDD = Major Depressive Disorder

OA = Osteoarthritis                                        PD = Parkinson’s Disease


RA = Rheumatoid Arthritis                            RLS = Restless Legs Syndrome

SARS = Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

TB = Tuberculosis                                           TBI = Traumatic Brain Injury

UC = Ulcerative Colitis                                  URI = Upper Respiratory Infection  


And while we’re at it, how about those doctors’ titles? These days, it goes way beyond MD. Of course MD (Medical Doctor) is still the most commonly-used title. As you navigate the healthcare system on your own, or for your senior loved one, here are some other medical titles you may encounter:


DC = Doctor of Chiropractic                          DO = Doctor of Osteopathy

DChO = Doctor of Ophthalmic Surgery        GP = General Practitioner

DDS = Doctor of Dental Surgery                   DPM = Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

OD = Doctor of Optometry


The healthcare system, and its corresponding alphabet soup of acronyms, is challenging at best. That’s when a when a professional “helping hand” can take the stress and anxiety out of caregiving. Senior Helpers of the Lehigh Valley offers a full range of customizable care options that range from daily companion care (light housekeeping, general errands, transportation and doctor’s appointments) to specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Ask us how we can help. Call us at 610-770-2036 today to speak to a senior care expert. 





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