Friday 15 September 2023

DEFINING OPINIONS, third octet



previous poetic posts
(first octet):
academically
birdlife
crepuscular
envision
farce
hamuli
haunch
Haversian canals

hoarding
hoe
holdout
hole#1
hole #2
holler
hollow
homogenized (milk)

CURRENT CONTENTS (third octet):
Hone
Honey
Honk
Honorifics
Hooey
Hoot
Hop
Hopeful
(for continuation, see the link below)




Authors' Note:  Fawn, an aspiring limericist, had been advised to carefully hone one of her submitted verses.




Authors' Note:    The authors propose the above verse to define the neologism appiculture.



















Authors' Note: There's no denying that Holly the optimist has used a number of cliches in her speech; nor that often (always "unexpectedly") things come to a screeching halt.



For more "defining opinions", please proceed to the fourth octet by clicking HERE. 


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Sunday 10 September 2023

CURTAINED VERSE, follow-up


previously posted poems (original offerings, June 2020)
adultery
braless
business agenda
buoy and gull
the clench
come and go
complimentarily
florid

CURRENT CONTENTS (follow-up)
Foul-mouthed Phil
Ho- (Give it a go)
Medieval challenge
Octogenarian love-life
Orchestral pecking-order
Horny rhino
Robin red-breast
Strobilus

WARNING: The following verses may not be suitable for all ages. Those under 12 or over 82 are advised to read the following content only with the permission and supervision of an adult family member.  




Author's Note The authors have observed exuberant springtime spread of duckweed, an aqueous plant that superficially resembles an algal bloom, but is in fact beneficial in controlling pollutants.

The resultant marked increase in opacity of the pondwater's surface doesn't seem to bother dabbling fowl like ducks, whose omnivorous eating is targeted primarily at vegetable matter. Night herons, on the other hand, eat a diet of various small creatures, aquatic and terrestrial, ambushing them while standing near the edge of the water. I presume that a dense cover of duckweed would complicate attempts by Phil (as well as his colleagues, although he tends to hunt alone)  to grab a meal of small fish (fries or minnows), if he was so motivated.
  



























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Tuesday 5 September 2023

Cardiologic Tracings: AT HEART, part #1



CURRENT CONTENTS:
Arteriopath
Atrial fibrillation
Bypass grafts
Dipyridamole (stress)
Dobutamine (stress)
Ejection Fraction (left ventricular)
Heart block
Holter monitor
(for continuation, see the link below)



Authors' NoteAtrial fib, also abbreviated to a-fib or AF, is medical jargon for atrial fibrillation. Causes for AF include various heart and lung conditions, particularly valvular heart disease, but half of cases occur spontaneously.

AF may be symptomatic or not, and may be intermittent rather than sustained, particularly in its earlier phase. In any case, it is associated with the formation of clots in the atria of the heart, leading to an increased risk of brain stroke, caused by emboli.

To reduce the risk of stroke, patients with AF may be asked to take blood thinners for life. 

Learn more about atrial fibrillation and its treatment at Wikipedia.







Authors' Note
 (dye-puh-RIH-duh-mawl)
(Puhr-SANT-in)

Tests of myocardial flow in the Nuclear laboratory, e.g. gated SPECT, require a stimulus so that the specific radiotracer can be injected at peak blood flow to image the state of heart muscle. Ideally, exercise stress, as with a submaximal treadmill procedure, provides this stimulus, with a high attained heart rate reflecting success. As a backup in those unable to exercise sufficiently, (musculoskeletal or breathing problems, reduced fitness), pharmacologic stress may be used. Dipyridamole ,tradename Persantine, is a commonly used agent for this purpose, increasing blood flow optimally, but with little change in heart rate or blood pressure. 





Authors' Note:   The verse above is a companion verse to ”dipyridamole”. 

When doctors want to check whether all areas of heart muscle can increase their blood flow appropriately, they may use certain drugs as helpers; this is particularly true when the patient is unable to perform a submaximal exercise test, often called a Bruce treadmill test, after its inventor. Dobutamine (doh-BYOO-ta-meen), relative of adrenaline, raises heart rate and blood pressure. It's the only drug available for tests which use echocardiography to picture the heart while it is 'under stress', but is a second-choice drug for the nuclear imaging test called gated SPECT. The preferred drug for those tests is one whose primary effect is to dilate arterial blood vessels, increasing the flow to normal heart muscle. Such drugs include dipyridamole and adenosine.


Authors' Note In disease states, including those producing congestive heart failure, the ejection fraction of the left ventricle, a measure indicating the strength of contraction, provides important information concerning prognosis (potential outcome) and the need for treatment. 
   The ejection fraction can be measured by echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, or several different nuclear (radio-isotope) techniques. These techniques measure the volume of the ventricle at the end of diastolic (relaxation) and systolic (contraction) phases of the cardiac cycle. Despite the name, the change during systole is generally given in medical jargon as the percent relative change, rather than as a true fraction; e.g. 60% is good, 30% is bad.









If you have had fun with these verses and are not concerned re their pro-arrhythmogenic effect, you could venture to review the second collection of this type; click HERE for part #2. 

Here's a LIST OF LINKS to collections of intriguing poems (over 150 of these!) on medical/dental topics that can now be found on various posts. 

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