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Which of the following changes on the electrocardiogram would be expected to note by a nurse caring for a client with hypocalcemia?



A. Widened T wave
B. Prominent U wave
C. Prolonged QT interval
D. Shortened ST segment
Asked by Emma, Last updated: Jan 25, 2019

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R. Hazlewood

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R. HazlewoodSenior Executive, MBA, Louisville
Senior Executive, MBA, Louisville

Answered on Jan 25, 2019

C is the answer to this question. A patient who has hypocalcemia will have some changes on the electrocardiogram for sure. The possible changes may be a prolonged QT interval which is letter C. A prolonged ST interval is also possible. The other choices may appear in the electrocardiogram for different reasons.

There are some changes when a person is undergoing hypothermia. There are also times when people may see changes when they overexert themselves too much. Some people feel that exercising non-stop is going to make them healthier or is going to make them lose weight fast. This can take a toll on the heart.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 08, 2016

Prolonged qt interval-rationale: electrocardiographic changes that occur in a client with hypocalcemia include a prolonged st or qt interval. a shortened st segment and a widened t wave occur with hypercalcemia. prominent u waves occur with hypokalemia.test-taking strategy: use knowledge regarding the electrocardiographic changes that occur in a calcium imbalance to answer the question. remember that hypocalcemia causes a prolonged st or qt interval. if you had difficulty with this question, review the electrocardiographic changes that occur in these conditions.
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