Cardiac Question #38


The nurse is caring for a client who has a rapid heart rate of 135 beats/minute and heart monitor reveals atrial fibrillation. Which of the following assessment findings would the nurse expect to find?


  1. GI distress
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  2. Hypotension and distended neck veins
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  3. Increased urinary output
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  4. Hypertension and flat neck veins
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Low cardiac output may occur with uncontrolled atrial fibrillation due in part from atrial kick. The client may have assessment findings of palpitations, chest pain, hypotension, fatigue, dizziness, syncope, shortness of breath, and distended neck veins. Flat neck veins indicate hypovolemia and GI distress is not an expected finding with tachycardia.

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