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N A Pulse & Resp

N A Pulse & Respiration Terms

Apical Heart Rate - The palse rate obtained by placing stethoscope over the apex of the chest wall & counting
Bounding pulse - Pulse that feels full & strong to the touch
Bradycardia - A slow heart beat characterized by a pulse rate that is under 60 beats per minute
Elastic Pulse - Pulse with regular alterations of weak & strong beats without changes in cycle
Intermittent Pulse - Pulse in which beats are occasionally skipped
Irregular Pulse - Pulse hat varies in force & frequency
Pulse - Vibration of blood against the vessel wall
Pulse Deficit - Numerical difference between apical pulse and the radial pulse (EX: Apical 101, radial 88, pulse deficit would be 13 BPM)
Pulse pressure - Numerical difference between systolic & diastolic BP (EX: Systolic 136 mm, diastolic 76 mm, the pulse pressure is 60 mm)
Radial Pulse Rate - Pulse rate obtained by placing fingertips on the radial artery at the wrist
Thready Pulse - Pulse that feels weak to the touch
Apnea - Absence of breathing
Bradypnea - Below average or slow respiratory rate
Cheyne-Stokes Respiration - A gradual increase & then gradual decrease in depth and rate of raspirations followed by a period of apnea
Dyspnea - Difficulty or painful breathing
Exhalation / Expiration - Act of release of air (Breathing out)
Hyperpnea - Increase in resiratory rate and depth
Hyperventilation - Abnormally prolonged and deep breathing usually associated with acute anxiety or emotional tension
Hypoxia - Oxygen content in the blood below normal
Inhalation / Inspiration - Act of intake of air
Orthopnea - Dyspnea so severe patient needs to sit up to breathe normally
Respiration - Exchange of gases (oxygen & Carbin dioxcide)
Stertorous - Breathing accompanied by snores
Stridor - Noisy respirations with a harsh or crowing sound (as in croup)
Tachypnea - Rapid respiratory rate
Wheeze - Noisy respirations with a whistling sound
Created by: amandmc