Exercise 7

The next three terms to be covered are hypertension, myocardial infarct, and peripheral vascular disease. These, of course, are all associated with illnesses of the heart and circulatory system. These three terms with their definitions are as follows:

Term Definition
hypertension another term for high blood pressure
myocardial infarct the formation of an infarct (an area of coagulation necrosis in a tissue) in the myocardium, as a result of interruption of the blood supply to the area
peripheral vascular disease any disease of the vessels which carry blood or lymph to or from the peripheral regions of the body

You should experience no difficulty determining whether or not a patient had one or more of the above conditions. Hypertension and myocardial infarct undoubtedly will be mentioned quite prominently in some portion of the history section. So, assume that a patient has a chief complaint relating to a bone malignancy. Assume also that the patient had a history of hypertension.

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