Describe a patient with a cardiac symptom or group of symptoms, such as palpitations, hypertension, hypotension, tachycardia, or bradycardia. Do not limit yourself to these examples.
•What questions would you ask as part of your focused assessment?
•What history might be associated with the symptom, if any?
•What are the known risk factors for this condition?
•What physical examination techniques would you use?
•What patient education would you give to the patient?
•Find a nursing journal article about this symptom or condition
D’Amico, D., & Barbarito, C. (2012). Health & physical assessment in nursing (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
•Chapter 15: Respiratory System ◦pages 358–392 (Older Adults, Focused Interview, Health Promotion)
•Chapter 17: Cardiovascular System
◦pages 442–457 (Older Adults, Focused Interview, Inspection)
◦pages 460–473 (Auscultation, Abnormal findings, Health Promotion)
•Chapter 18: Peripheral Vascular
◦pages 479–505 (Older Adults, Focused Interview, Physical Assessment, Abnormal Findings, Health Promotion
•Review anatomy and physiology (A&P) of the cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and respiratory systems as needed to support your assessments. An A&P review