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BT - Vital Signs

Vital Signs

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A state of equilibrium within the body maintained through the adaptation of body to changes in either the internal or external environment. Homeostasis
Assessment of pulse, respiration, blood pressure, and temperature; body functions essential to life. Vital Signs
A vital sign; a quantitative measurement of the heartbeat using the fingers to palpate an artery or a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat. Pulse
Breathing; the process of bringing oxygen into the body and expelling carbon dioxide from the body. Respiration
The pressure exerted by the circulating blood against the walls of the arteries. Blood Pressure
The internal body temperature. Core Temperature
An abnormally fast pulse rate...greater than 100bpm. Tachycardia
An abnormally slow pulse rate...less than 60bpm. Bradycardia
Abnormally low blood pressure. Hypotension
Abnormally high blood pressure. Hypertension
The area of the brain that regulates body temperature. Hypothalamus
Respirations using primarily the abdominal muscles while the chest is mostly still. Abdominal Breathing
The cessation of breathing; may be temporary or permanent. Apnea
Breathing that is abnormally slow. Bradypnea
A grossly irregular breathing pattern composed of intermittent periods of apnea lasting from 10-60 seconds followed by periods of fast and slow breathing. Cheyne-Stokes Respiration
Very little air movements in the lungs Decreased Breathing
Difficult or painful breathing; shortness of breath. Dyspnea
Breathing that is faster or deeper than that which is produced during normal activity. Also known as hyperventilation. Tachypnea
Deep, gasping respirations; air hunger. Kussmaul's Breathing
Difficult breathing that uses shoulder muscles, neck muscles, and abdominal muscles. Labored Breathing
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