PLTW Vital Signs

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Biomedical Science
The application of the principles of the natural sciences to clinical medicine.
Blood Pressure
The force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. Measured in systolic and diastolic.
Diastolic Pressure
Blood pressure that is taken when the heart is in between beats.
Heart Rate
A measure of cardiac activity usually expressed as the number of beats per minute.
Homeostasis
The ability of your body to adjust to a balance in order to function properly.
Hypertension
High Blood Pressure
Hypothermia
Abnormally low body temperature.
Pulse
The rhythmic expansion and recoil of arteries resulting from heart contraction.
Systolic Pressure
Blood pressure that is taken when the heart is at work.
Vital Signs
Measurements of the body's most basic functions and useful in detecting or monitoring medical problems.
Hyperthermia
Overheating of the body.