A nurse knows that common cardiac problems or concerns precipitating Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia include which of the following?

Coronary Artery Disease
Extreme emotions
Hypokalemia

Explanation

• Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia (PAT) is bouts of tachycardia caused by abnormalities in the AV node, and is associated with excess alcohol consumption, stress or extreme emotions, caffeine ingestion, hyperthyroidism, digitalis toxicity, hypokalemia, coronary artery disease, MI, cardiomyopathy, or cor pulmonale (right ventricular enlargement due to a pulmonary hypertension)

• Hyperkalemia and hypoxia are more likely to result in sinus bradycardia

• Sinus bradycardia may result from various diseases such as hypothyroidism, and obstructive jaundice

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