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Foundations II

Definitions

TermDefinition
Pulse Light tap caused by expansion of the aorta sending a wave through the walls of the arterial system
Pulse rate Number of pulsations felt in a minute
Tachycardia A rapid heart rate
Palpitation Person is aware of own heartbeat without having to feel for it
Bradycardia Heart rate below 60 beats/minute in an adult
Pulse rhythm The pattern of pulsations and pauses between them
Pulse amplitude Quality of the pulse in terms of fullness; reflects strength of left ventricular contraction
Arrhythmia Irregular pattern of heartbeats
Stroke volume Quantity of blood forced out of the left ventricle with each contraction
Cardiac output The amount of blood pumped per minute
Pulse deficit The difference between the apical and radial pulse rates
Vital signs A person's temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, and pain
Temperature The difference between the amount of heat produced by the body and the amount of heat lost to the environment measured in degrees
Hypothermia Low body temperature
Hyperthermia High body temperature
Afebrile Normal body temperature - "without fever'
Fever (Pyrexia) An increase above normal in body temperature
Febrile Above normal body temperature - "with fever"
Antipyretic Fever reducing drug
Created by: hksonger