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Pulse & Respiration

Apical Heart Rate The rate obtained by placing a stethoscope over the apex of the chest wall and counting.
Bounding Pulse Pulse that feels full and strong to the touch.
Bradycardia A slow heart beat characterized by a pulse rate that is under 60 beats.
Elastic Pulse Pulse with regular alterations of weak and strong beats without changes in cycle.
Intermittent Pulse Pulse in which beats are occasionally skipped.
Irregular Pulse Pulse that varies in force and frequency.
Pulse Vibration of blood against the vessel wall.
Pulse Deficit Numberical difference between apical pulse and the radial pulse. i.e. apical 101, radial 88 - pulse deficit would be 13 bpm.
Pulse Pressure Numerical difference between systolic 136 mm diastolic 76. pulse pressure is 60mm
Radial Pulse Rate Pulse rate obtained by placing finger tips 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-Strokes Respiration A gradual increase and then gradual decrease in depth and rate of respirations followed by a period of apnea.
Dyspnea Difficulty or painful breathing.
Exhalation / Expiration Act of releasing air.
Hyperpnea Increase in repiratory rate and depth.
Hyperventilation Abnormally prolong and deep breathing lusually associated with acute anxiety or emotional tension.
Hypoxia 02 content in the blood below normal.
Inhalation / Inspiration Act of in take of air.
Orthopnea Dyspnea so sever patient needs to sit up to breathe.
Respiration Exchange of gases o2 co2
Stertorous Breathing accompanied by snores.
Stridor Noisy respirations with a harsh or crowing sound (as in crop)
Tachypnea Rapid respiratory rate
Wheeze Noisy respirations with a whistling sounds.
Created by: jr87