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If the patient I'm caring for has Rapid Atrial Fibrillation and Dyspnea, why is she being prescribed heparin?

The patient I looked after today has rapid atrial fibrillation and dyspnea meaning she has a fast irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, jaundice and really rapid breathing. When listening to her lungs, you can hear crackling and squeeking. Why is heparin being prescribed?

Heparin is a blood thinner and is used to prevent clots. Because your patient has rapid AF, the heart is beating so irregular that sometimes the blood pools in certain chambers of the heart and heparin prevents that clots from forming in those areas. I would assume your patient is also on Digoxin which will slow the heart beat.  (+ info)

What can cause acute pain, incontinence, dyspnea, reddened skin area, and hypotension in a patient?

What diagnosis would this patient most likely receive?
I was given this question in nursing school, and did not recieve any further details.

Anaphylaxis does involve all of these symptoms, so I think that sounds like a good answer. Thanks.

It's really too difficult to even begin to diagnose a patient with all these symptoms without first delving further into the patients background and history.

It's best that the patient spoke to a doctor to clearly assess and explain what it could be.  (+ info)

can you describe pleurisity and how it can cause dyspnea?

i know that pleuisity is fluid in between the parietal and visceral pleuras, but how does this cause dyspnea? specifics?

The inflammation in and around the pleura can be very painful making it difficult to properly breath. It will hurt when you inhale and exhale.

If the inflamed area becomes really swollen, it can reduce lung volume by squeezing the lung.   (+ info)

Could seeing someone with a tracheostomy, cause hysteria in another person? Or Dyspnea?

Say, you saw someone with a trach, that allowed them to breathe easier, than breathing through nose and mouth, could that person that has seen the trach in another person cause hysteria, panic attacks, or dyspnea?

It's definitely possible. It's common for people to fear things they're unfamiliar with. They might subconsciously try to comprehend the underlying function of it, or it might spark images of how the trach was installed, which might make them nervous.  (+ info)

difference between dyspnea and chest tightness?

considering them as separate terms, what would be the definition of each?

Dyspnea is trouble breathing for any reason.Whether that be asthma, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, bronchitis etc. It's a symptom.
Chest tightness is a feeling of a straight jacket being tightened. Or it could be used by asthmatics to describe how they feel. They can't move any air and therefore don't feel their chest expanding as if someone was tightening a belt around their chest preventing them from breathing.  (+ info)

is there any delayed reaction of ceftriaxone IV antibiotic such as dyspnea and restlessness?

we have a newly admit patient who needs to have an IV administration of ceftriaxone as her antibiotic since she has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. we did skin testing and after 30 minutes of determining that the patient has no reaction to the drug, we started administering it. after 30 minutes of administration, the patient experiences dyspnea, restlessness and shortness of breath.

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How does alcohol produce dyspnea to asthmatic patients?

Alcohol depresses the central nervous system which controls breathing and can in some cases decrease the breathing rate. Asthmatics have an already impaired breathing system and the breathing depression leads to dyspnea which may not be reversed by their usual medication. The same is true for depressant action medications like morphine for example.  (+ info)

Can an arrhythmia cause symptoms like dyspnea and fatigue? What havoc can arrhythmia cause?

Arrhythmias can cause temporary symptoms when they are occurring. Once they stop, the symptoms go away. There are many, many types of arrhythmias - many are benign and cause no problems with the heart other than temporary symptoms like shortness of breath and once you remove the causative factor, they stop. For these, you can go to WebMd.com and type in palpitations and read up on this condition. For more serious arrhythmias, often medications are needed to control the arrhythmia and sometimes, if meds are missed or serious illness makes these medications not work as well as they should, the heart can go into a very fast rhythm that might need medical intervention in an ER setting to get the rhythm back into a normal one.  (+ info)

what is the disorder he had a cronic productive cough, exertional dyspnea, mild cyanosis, slowing forced expir?

(a 150 pound 62 year old man) he had what is the disorder he had a cronic productive cough, exertional dyspnea, mild cyanosis, slowing forced expiration.

copd  (+ info)

18 years old woman with asthma comes to the emergency department onset of dyspnea?

18 years old woman with asthma comes to the emergency department onset of dyspnea, wheezing and cough while she was jogging taken several puffs from her inhalers but symptoms worsen temperature 98.6 F heart rate 115 respirations 28 most appropiate diagnostic study

Arterial Blood Gases, chest x ray, EKG, Chem7, CBC, B/P, RR, monitor HR, and Pulse ox.Place on 4 l/m O2. auscultate her chest, do percussion looking for pneumothorax or consolidation.Auscultate her heart for murmurs Check ecg monitor for arrhythmia's. Put her on albuterol and atrovent treatments continuously. Look for asymmetry in chest movement. Check nailbeds for cyanosis or clubbing. Set up for intubation and chest tube.  (+ info)

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