What Could Cause Excessive Sweating?

A. Drugs

B. Industrial pneumatic devices

C. Insects and animals

D. Metabolic abnormalities (uremia, hypokalemia)

E. Radiation poisoning

9-23 A 48-year-old man with a history of atrial fibrillation is scheduled for heart catheterization and electrophysiologic study tomorrow morning in the hospital’s cardiac catheter laboratory to determine if he has any structural heart disease that might predispose him to develop arrhythmias during exercise or sudden exertion such as lifting packages from the back of his station wagon or carrying groceries into his house after work when it’s dark outside. Which one of the following statements is true regarding this patient’s risk of developing an arrhythmia? [Hint: This question can be answered by knowing what type of test is being performed.]

A. This patient does not have increased risk because most patients undergoing this procedure do not have structural heart disease; however, some researchers believe that there may be a slight increase in mortality rate associated with these procedures if only normal individuals are studied instead of those who already had known cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF), valvular disease, coronary artery disease (CAD), etc.. Therefore, if you see people like this under anesthesia for electrophysiologic studies but don’t know why they’re having them done, ask your bedside nurse about their “

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