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What does it mean if a high pressure alarm sounds on a mechanical ventilator?

What does it mean if a high pressure alarm sounds on a mechanical ventilator?

Occlusion: The high pressure alarm means there is an occlusion somewhere along the system of tubes that lead to the air sacs in the lungs. High pressure can be caused by the patient biting the endotracheal tube, secretions plugging the tube or the airways, bronchspasm, and many other causes. ...Read more

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Would could cause a high pressure alarm to sound on a ventilator?

Would could cause a high pressure alarm to sound on a ventilator?

many things: Many things can cause high pressure alarm to sound on the ventilator, including secretions in the tube or lungs, pt fighting ventilator (trying to breathe out when ventilator is pushing air in), pt biting on tube, poor lung compliance, poor chest wall compliance. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low blood pressure? It sounds like a bad thing to have.

What does it mean to have low blood pressure?  It sounds like a bad thing to have.

Not always..: Low blood pressure is only an issue if you are symptomatic with it. Common sx included fainting or feeling extremely dizzy going from a seated or recumbent position. Virtually all studies suggest an lower , mi or ASHD risk the lower the bp. It should only be treated if you have sx. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a "severe postural drop and a high pulse"?

What does it mean if I have a "severe postural drop and a high pulse"?

Orthostasis: It is called orthostasis when someone has a significant drop in the blood pressure along with a rise in heart rate. That can be due to dehydration, certain medications, or it can be missed as a condition called vasovagal (although that is usually a low BP and a low pulse instead of a high pulse). ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a microalbumin level of 0.15g?

What does it mean if you have a microalbumin level of 0.15g?

Kidney disease: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, if the result you provided is accurate, you should consult a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone has a low blood pressure and a slow pulse?

What does it mean when someone has a low blood pressure and a slow pulse?

Nothing by itself: Pulse and BP are just numbers, and mean almost nothing in isolation. More important is the patient...Are they sick? Well? Dizzy? Dehydrated? Feel great? Just had a heart attack? Granted, if a pulse or BP are too low, then doctors might be concerned no matter how they looked, but more important is the "rest of the story". ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have "old blood" in your brain from an hematoma from when you were younger. What is the treatment if its causing headaches?

What does it mean when you have "old blood" in your brain from an hematoma from when you were younger. What is the treatment if its causing headaches?

MRI report: Years after the bleeding, blood products called hemosiderin can be visualized. This is not a cause of your current headaches, and depending on the character of the head pain, such as migraine, treatment is typically directly either preventatively or abortively. ...Read more

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What does it mean when one of your aorta ventericle is narrow and is slowing leaking blood would the put a stent in it or do something else?

Cardiology: Hello utah...My alma mater! this question is complicated by the use of terms that don't go together or make much sense. It sounds like you need arterial stents to keep arteries open and supplying your heart muscle with the appropriate fresh blood and oxygen. I would trust the doctors on the ground there to give you the best advice and to follow their recommendations urgently. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a disc has loss of hydration?

What does it mean when a disc has loss of hydration?

Common: Unfortunately, it is a common change with aging, and some of us are genetically predisposed to have more rapid and/or more pronounced disc dessication than others. Remaining active & hydrated help some. Others recommend periodic inversion (hanging upside down) to "stretch" the discs & encourage uptake of fluids/nutrients--? If works, but helps w/discomfort in some and has little (upside-)downside. ...Read more

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What do the sounds on a ventilator mean?

What do the sounds on a ventilator mean?

which sounds?: I'm not sure which sounds you mean. There is a sound when the ventilator is pushing air in the lung and when the air is exhaled. Also, ventilators do have alarms that can go off for various reasons including high pressure, slow respiratory rate, low volumes, etc. ...Read more

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How does a 24 hour blood pressure test work? Is it like a heart holter test? Or does it record on its own?

On its own: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (abpm) measures blood pressure at regular intervals. Blood pressure gets measured as you move around, living your normal daily life. It uses a small digital blood pressure machine that is attached to a belt around your body and which is connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It small enough you can sleep with it on. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the top numbe is high on a blood pressure test but not the other?

What does it mean if the top numbe is high on a blood pressure test but not the other?

Hypertension: It means that you have systolic hypertension, the most common scenario in hypertension. Either number being elevated is abnormally high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

linear atelectasis: Lung collapse/atelectasis can occur for many reasons asthmatics get collapse because of mucus plugs in the airway.Sometimes aspiration causes atelectasis. Infection and tumor can produce atelectasis. Ateletasis can clear following disappearance of disease process. Plate-like atelectasis is usually minor area of lung collapse sometimes seen without obvious cause or scar from previous disease. ...Read more

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In taking a blood pressure manually, what is the diastolic BP? Is it the last sound or the number where it started to have no sound?

In taking a blood pressure manually, what is the diastolic BP? Is it the last sound or the number where it started to have no sound?

What'sTheDifference?: I don't understand the question. If you were trained to take blood pressure readings, you know that the diastolic pressure is the first reading [number] after the systolic pressure when the last heart sound disappears. Above the diastolic pressure, you can hear part of a heart beat (however faint); below the diastolic, you can't hear. https://www.practicalclinicalskills.com/korotkoff-sounds ...Read more