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Interpreting Patient Data

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Afebrile
without fever
Apnea
without respirations
arrhythmia
irregular heart rhythm
bradycardia
pulse rate under 60 beats per minute
bradypnea
slow respiratory rate, below 10 per minute
Cheyne-Stokes
abnormal breathing pattern; periods of dyspnea and apnea
cyanosis
bluish discoloration of the skin
diastolic
pressure withing the walls of arteries when the left ventricle is at rest
dyspnea
difficukty breathing
febrile
elevated body temperature, above 101 F (38.3 C)
hyperopia
defect in near vision; farsightedness
hypertension
high blood pressure
hyperthermia
rectal temperature above 104 F (40 C)
hypotension
low blood pressure
myopia
defect in distant vision, nearsightedness
OD
abbreviation for right eye
OS
abbreviation for left eye
OU
abbreviation for both eyes
orhtopnea
severe dyspnea, requires breathing sitting or standing
pyrexia
fever
rales
bubbling or noisy respirations caused by fluid or mucous in the air passages
rhythm
regularity of the pulse, space between the beats (regular or irregular)
systole
pressure within the walls of the arteries when the left ventricle is contracting
tachycardia
pulse rate above 100 beats per minute (except in children)
tachypnea
rapid, shallow respiration, over 25 per minute
volume
strength of the pulse (strong, weak, thread, bounding)
wheezing
difficult breathing with a high-pitched whistling