Symptoms and complaints reported: Abrupt loss of vision and difficulty speaking. Reported sudden loss of strength and co-ordination(mostly in left side)accompanied by loss of balance. [The patient had suffered a stroke]. Because the clinical manifestations of hypertension cannot be diagnosed, it can only be recognized when complications occur in target organs, such as the heart in this instance.
Medical History: Has history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Sedentary lifestyle. Heavy smoker. Absence of all other major illnesses noted.
Family History: No siblings. Father is a heavy smoker and has had two strokes in the past three years. Mother suffers from obesity. Grandparents died of old age and not of a major illness. No other major illness noted.
Social History: No heavy drinking. Smokes 2-3 packs of light cigarettes daily. Sedentary lifestyle. Lives alone. Works full time as sales executive.
Physical assessment: High blood pressure of 130/95. High cholesterol.
Overweight (height is 180cm at 120kgs. Pulse is 95bpm. Temperature is 36.6C. Respiratory rate is 18. Patient is somewhat confused and suffers from blurred vision, slurred speech and loss of balance.
CT scan (Computed tomography (CT) scans are completed with the use of a 360-degree x-ray beam and computer production of images. These scans allow for cross-sectional views of body organs and tissues. CT scans are used to image a wide variety of body structures and internal organs. Since the 1990s, CT equipment has become more affordable and available. In some diagnoses, CT scans have become the first imaging exam of choice. Because the computerized image is so sharp, focused, and three-dimensional, many tissues can be better differentiated than on standard x rays. Common CT indications include:
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