PTA Question of the Week – Vital signs

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You are treating a 22-year-old female diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. While exercising, the patient begins to complain of feeling lightheaded and dizzy. You immediately ask the patient to sit down and begin to monitor her vital signs and find her respiration rate at 10 breaths per minute, her pulse rate at 45 bpm, and her blood pressure at 118/85 mm Hg. Which of the following statements is the MOST accurate?

1. The patient's vital signs are within normal limits

2. The blood pressure and respiration rates are above normal levels

3. The pulse rate and blood pressure are above normal levels

4. The pulse rate and respiration rate are below normal levels

The correct answer will be posted in a few days

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