Cardiology Overview for Medical Coding Course

Cardiology Overview for Medical Coding Course

Cardiology Overview for Medical Coding Course

Alicia: One of the important things that is so important for us as coders is to know the anatomy and the physiology of what’s going on with the different body systems.

Q: The conduction system of the heart can result in coronary artery illness, cardiomyopathy and valve disease.

A: So I work up this terrific fast research study for you, I told Laureen I was going to be yapping tonight.

Laureen: Yay!

Alicia: Might need to make it larger or I won’t be able to see it[laughs]

The conduction of the heart, the very first thing you require to know is the anatomy. When you’re taking a look at the heart, see these red lines, those are the electrical system, you could say, of the heart or what powers the heart. We have the SA node, which is the sinoatrial node.

They’re at the leading and you’ve got those three– consider them like little rivers of electricity that ran down. And after that you’ve got the AV node or the atrioventricular node and these nodes snapping from one to the other is what makes the heart pump because it sends an electrical current down that line that forks and goes to the bottom of the heart around the ventricles.

If you didn’t know, you’ve got the best atrium at the top, the best ventricle at the bottom, left atrium at the top and the left ventricle at the bottom. All that blood goes up through the heart.

Go on and slide down simply a little bit. There is a description sort of how that works. You first going to get the electrical present in the SA node and after that it’s going to shoot over to the AV node, and it does it in about 60 to 100 times a minute. If you can believe of that little zap, zap, zap, that quickly. Remarkable how that works. This is called the “natural pacemaker” for the heart. And when you’re having issues with your heart or the electrical part of your heart, that’s why people get pacemakers, in reality.

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  1. Bobby Z March 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm -

    Can you guys make a video on how to code for Cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure as the diagnosis in the same patient. ICD-10 coding. Thanks