How confident are you in cardiac assessment? Learn the key components in this episode, including:
- Knowing when it’s appropriate to go beyond the head-to-toe assessment and do a full-blown cardiac assessment
- Relevant vital signs and their significance
- Questions to ask the patient
- General observations to make
- How to conduct a chest pain assessment
- How to auscultate the heart, including which side of the stethoscope to actually use
- Normal and abnormal heart sounds
- How to assess for a pulse deficit
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