Nursing 211

N211: Health Differences Across the Lifespan I

A-FIB Many weak ectopic foci in the atria beat in an uncoordinated pattern, resulting in an uneven baseline of many tiny P waves. Eventually the ventricles receive enough electrical stimulation to contract, or they contract on their own. Asymptomatic Irregular Pulse



Many weak ectopic foci in the ventricles, resulting in an uncoordinated undulation. It’s rhythm that can’t circulate blood & is not compatible with life. Apnea Pulselessness No palpable Blood Pressure (BP)

One strong ventricular ectopic focus that hijacks the conduction system of the heart. This rhythm cannot sustain life.


Chest pain Diaphoresis Hypotension Weak pulse Dizziness Shortness of Breath (SOB)

Signs & Symptoms (S/S)

Irregular atrial rhythm HR = 400

Diagnosis (Dx)


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