Vital signs terms
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Vital signs terms
An agent that reduces fever
Temporary cessation of breathing and, therefore, of the body's intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide.
Irregularity or loss of rhythm, esp. of the heart
The tension exerted on the walls of arteries by the strength of the contraction of the heart; the resistance of arterioles and capilaries; the elasticity of blood vessels
A slow hearbeat marked by a pulse rate below 60 beats per minute in an adult
Abnormally slow breathing
The amount of blood discharged from the left or right ventricle per minute.
Events that occur at approx. 24 hour intervals, such as certain physiological phenomena.
, represented by the
bottom number in a blood
reading, is when your heart
Difficulty in breathing, often associated with lung or heart disease and resulting in shortness of breath. Also called
Perspiration especially when copious and medically induced.
Expulsion of air from the lungs in breathing.
Normal, unimpaired respiration
Fever of unknown origin
refers to a condition in which the patient has an elevated temperature but despite investigations by a physician no explanation has been found.
An elevation of body temperature that is markedly abnormal. May be caused by hot baths, diathermy, or hot air
A condition in which the BP is higher then 140 mmHg systolic or 90 mm Hg diastolic on three seperate readings recorded several weeks apart
Body temperature elevated above the normal range; an unusually high fever
A decrease of the systolic and diastolic blood pressure to below normal.
Decreased Oxygen tension (oxygen concentration) of arterial blood, meaured by arterial oxygen partial pressures values.
Inhalation; drawing air into the lungs
Sounds heard in ausculation of blood pressure
Labored breathing that occurs when lying flat and improves when standing or sitting
Interarticular fibrocartilage of crescent shape, found in certain joints, especially the lateral and medial meniscui
A fall in blood pressure that occurs on standing up after lying down.
Rate, rhythm, condition of arterial walls, compressibility and tension, and size and shpae of the fluid wave of blood traveling through the arteries as a result of each heartbeat
The difference between the heart rate and the palpable
pulse, as is often seen in atrial
The difference between the systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Any agent that causes fever
The interchange of gases between an organism and the medium in which it lives
An instrument for determining arterial blood pressure indirectly
A high-pitched harsh sound occuring during inspiration, often heard without the use of a stethescope
Changes in the amount of blood ejected from the left ventricle into the aorta with each heartbeat
Systolic blood pressure
The degree of hotness or coldness of a substance
the volume of gas inhaled and exhaled during one respiratory cycle
The pulse rate, temperature, and respiratory rate of an individual.
Point of Maximum Impulse
the place where the apical pulse is palpated as strongest, often in the fifth
intercostal space of the thorax, just medial to the left midclavicular line.