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NA vital signs

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TermDefinition
pyrexia fever
hypothermia low temperature
hyperthermia high temperature
hypotension low blood pressure
hypertension high blood pressure
tachycardia fast heart rate
bradycardia slow heart rate
tachypnea fast breathing
bradypnea slow breathing
apnea lack of breathing
axillary arm pit
tympanic having to do with eardrum (tympanic temperature taken in the ear)
systolic top number of blood pressure reading represents pressure when heart is squeezing
diastolic bottom number of blood pressure reading represents pressure when heart is at rest (between beats)
carotid pulse pulse site at the neck used for CPR
radial pulse pulse site on thumb side of wrist
brachial pulse pulse site on medial side of upper arm typically used for blood pressure reading CPR pulse check site for infants
pedal pulse site on foot circulation to foot is checked using this site
dyspnea difficult breathing shortness of breath
arrythmia abnormal heart rhythm
orthostatic hypotension drop in blood pressure caused by position change also called postural hypotension
Created by: ballantynec