Card Set Information
What are common conditions in the geriatric community?
2. Diagnosed arthritis
3. Heart disease
What are the leading causes of death in the geriatric community?
1. Heart disease
4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
5. Pneumonia and influenza
What does Gems stand for?
What are the common signs and symptoms of a heart attack in geriatric patients?
A weak feeling
Syncope, confusionm altered mental status
What is delirium?
It is a sudden change in mental status, consciousness, or cognitive processes, and is marked by the inability to focus, think logically, and maintain attention.
What is dementia?
Slow onset of progressive disorientation, shortened attention span and loss of cognitive ability.
What are possible causes of syncope in geriatric patients?
Arrhythmias and heart attack
Vascular and volume changes