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Vital Signs

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apical pulse
pulse taken over heart
apnea
no breathing
arrhythmia
irregular heart rhythm
aural
pertaining to the ear
axillary
armpit
blood pressure
force exerted by heart on the arterial walls
bradycardia
slow pulse
character
another word for the quality of something
Cheyne-Stokes
irregular respirations with periods of apnea
cyanosis
bluish color of skin or mucous membranes
diastolic
bottom number of BP
dyspnea
difficulty breathing
fever
elevated temperature above 101 F
hypertension
high blood pressure
hypothermia
low body temperature
orthopnea
must sit straight up to breathe
pulse deficit
the difference between the apical and radial pulses
pyrexia
fever
rale
crackling sound that indicates fluid in the lungs
rate
beats per minute
rectal
temperature taken in the anus
rhythm
regularity
sphygmomanometer
blood pressure cuff
systolic
top number of blood pressure reading
tachycardia
fast pulse
tachypnea
fast breathing
volume
degree of strength of a pulse
wheezing
high pitched whistling heard over the lungs