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First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (2021) | Physician Assistant (PA) School Study Aid


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High Blood Pressure Response
Characteristics
Atria Release Atrial Natriuretic Peptide
Vasodilation
Antagonizes Aldosterone
Na+ and Water Excreted
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Low Blood Pressure Response
Characteristics
Posterior Pituitary Releases Vasopressin
Vasoconstriction
Adrenal Cortex Releases Aldosterone
Increased Na+ and H2O Reabsorption
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1 min
Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS) Regulators
Activators
Hypotension
Hypovolemia
Decreased NaCl Delivery to Macula Densa
Sympathetic Stimuli
Key Mediators
Angiotensin II
Aldosterone
Antidiuretic Hormone
Negative Feedback
Atrial Natriuretic Peptide and Brain Natriuretic Peptide
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Hypokalemia
Assessment
< 3.5 mEq/L
Muscle Weakness
Arrhythmia
U Wave
Ileus
Hyporeflexia
Interventions
IV K+ Infusion at 5-10 mEq/hr
Give Orally with Food
Nursing Considerations
Monitor Respiratory Status
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Hyperkalemia
Assessment
> 5.0 mEq/L K+
Abdominal Cramps
Muscle Weakness
Diarrhea
Arrhythmia
Tall, Peaked T Waves
Interventions
IV Calcium
Infusion of Glucose and Insulin
Loop or Thiazide Diuretics
Kayexalate
Dialysis
Prevention Education
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