Week 4 quiz

Question 1: Which of the following is the most important question to ask during cardiovascular health history?

Number of offspring

Last physical exam

Sudden death of a family member

Use of caffeine

Question 2 .  A key symptom of ischemic heart disease is chest pain .  However, angina equivalents may include exertional dyspnea .  Angina equivalents are important because:

Women with ischemic heart disease many times do not present with chest pain

Some patients may have no symptoms or atypical symptoms; diagnosis may only be made at the time of an actual myocardial infarction

Elderly patients have the most severe symptoms

A & B only

Question 3 .  A 55-year-old post-menopausal woman with a history of hypertension complains of jaw pain on heavy exertion .  There were no complaints of chest pain .  Her ECG indicates normal sinus rhythm without ST segment abnormalities .  Your plan may include:


Exercise stress test

Cardiac catheterization

Myocardial perfusion imaging

Question 4 .  Jenny is a 24 year old graduate student that presents to the clinic today with complaints of fever, midsternal chest pain and generalized fatigue for the past two days .  She denies any cough or sputum production .  She states that when she takes Ibuprofen and rest that the chest pain does seem to ease off .  Upon examination the patient presents looking very ill .  She is leaning forward and states that this is the most comfortable position for her .  Temp is 102 .  BP= 100/70 .  Heart rate is 120/min and regular .  Upon auscultation a friction rub is audible .  Her lung sounds are clear .  With these presenting symptoms your initial diagnosis would be:

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Referred Pain from Cholecystitis


Pulmonary Embolus

Question 5 .  Which symptom is more characteristic of Non-Cardiac chest pain?

Pain often radiates to the neck, jaw, epigastrium, shoulder, or arm

Pain tends to occur with movement, stretching or palpation

Pain usually lasts less than 10 minutes and is relieved by nitroglycerine

Pain is aggravated by exertion or stress

Question 6 .  What is the most common valvular heart disease in the older adult?

Aortic regurgitation

Aortic stenosis

Mitral regurgitation

Mitral stenosis

Question 7 .  Jeff, 48 years old, presents to the clinic complaining of fleeting chest pain, fatigue, palpitations, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath .  The pain comes and goes and is not associated with activity or exertion .  Food does not exacerbate or relieve the pain .  The pain is usually located under the left nipple .  Jeff is concerned because his father has cardiac disease and underwent a CABG at age 65 .  The ANP examines Jeff and hears a mid-systolic click at the 4th ICS mid-clavicular area .  The ANP knows that this is a hallmark sign of:



Mitral valve prolapse

Congestive heart failure

Question 8 .  The aging process causes what normal physiological changes in the heart?

The heart valve thickens and becomes rigid, secondary to fibrosis and sclerosis

Cardiology occurs along with prolapse of the mitral valve and regurgitation

Dilation of the right ventricle occurs with sclerosis of pulmonic and tricuspid valves

Hypertrophy of the right ventricle

Question 9 .  Dan G . , a 65-year-old man, presents to your primary care office for the evaluation of chest pain and left-sided shoulder pain .  Pain begins after strenuous activity, including walking .  Pain is characterized as dull, aching; 8/10 during activity, otherwise 0/10 .  Began a few months ago, intermittent, aggravated by exercise, and relieved by rest .  Has occasional nausea .  Pain is retrosternal, radiating to left shoulder, definitely affects quality of life by limiting activity .  Pain is worse today; did not go away after he stopped walking .  BP 120/80 .  Pulse 72 and regular .  Normal heart sounds, S1 and S2, no murmurs .  Which of the following differential diagnoses would be most likely?

Musculoskeletal chest wall syndrome with radiation

Esophageal motor disorder with radiation

Acute cholecystitis with cholelithiasis

Coronary artery disease with angina pectoris

Question 10 .  A common auscultatory finding in advanced CHF is:

Systolic ejection murmur

S3 gallop rhythm

Friction rub


Question 11 .  Your 35-year-old female patient complains of feeling palpitations on occasion .  The clinician should recognize that palpitations are often a sign of:




All of the above

Question 12 .  The best way to diagnose structural heart disease/dysfunction non-invasively is:

Chest X-ray



Heart catheterization

Question 13 .  During auscultation of the chest, your exam reveals a loud grating sound at the lower anterolateral lung fields, at full inspiration and early expiration .  This finding is consistent with:




A and B

Question 14 .  A 75-year-old patient complains of pain and paresthesias in the right foot that worsens with exercise and is relieved by rest .  On physical examination you note pallor of the right foot, capillary refill of 4 seconds in the right foot, +1 dorsalis pedis pulse in the right foot, and +2 pulse in left foot .  Which of the following is a likely cause of the signs and symptoms?

Arterial insufficiency

Femoral vein thrombus

Venous insufficiency

Peripheral neuropathy

Question 15 .  Your patient complains of a feeling of heaviness in the lower legs daily .  You note varicosities, edema, and dusky color of both ankles and feet .  Which of the following is the most likely cause for these symptoms?

Femoral vein thrombosis

Femoral artery thrombus

Venous insufficiency

Musculoskeletal injury

Question 16 .  Your 54 year old patient, Mr .  A, presents to your clinic with a 2 day history of severe shoulder pain .  On initial assessment you note that in addition to shoulder findings his blood pressure on the ‘good’ arm is 162/100 .  You review his history and on his last visit his blood pressure was 120/70 .  He has a medical history of sleep apnea and has used anabolic steroids when body building as a younger adult .  In addition to caring for Mr .  A’s chief complaint of shoulder pain, you also:

Start a thiazide diuretic, discussing the importance of adherence

Discuss with him his new diagnosis of hypertension and the importance of taking medication .

Schedule a follow up appointment after pain has subsided to take additional blood pressure readings

Start an ACE inhibitor because with his history he may also be diabetic .

Question 17 .  You decide to order labs today to help with the diagnosis and management of hypertension in Mr .  A .  Which of the following labs are indicated to assist in the medical management of Mr .  A if he meets the diagnostic criteria for hypertension?

Serum Sodium

Thyroid function tests

Fasting serum cholesterol panel

Complete liver function enzyme panel

Question 18 .  Lifestyle modifications reduce blood pressure, enhance antihypertensive medication efficacy, and decrease cardiovascular risks . Which lifestyle change will decrease blood  pressure the most?

Physical activity

Dietary sodium reduction

DASH diet

Weight reduction

Question 19 .  Mr .  A returns to your clinic and a diagnosis of hypertension is made .  He is started on a diuretic and counseled on lifestyle modifications including increasing activity and smoking cessation .  On his next visit you note that his blood pressure remains elevated .  Before referring to a specialist you should do all of the following except:

Assure medications are at appropriate dose

Identify any underlying medical condition that requires treatment

Review diet with Mr .  A and refer to dietician if it is diet problematic

Determine he has ‘white coat’ hypertension because his home readings are also elevated

Question 20 .  Mr .  A has many issues that seem to be interfering with his health outcomes .  In order to negotiate and formulate a patient-centered management plan you take the time to gather more information .  This can be started by asking the following question:

What do you think caused your hypertension and how has it affected your life?

I see that you are 20 pounds overweight — do you exercise?

Does you wife help you to manage your diet and medication?

Taking your blood pressure everyday is important so that I can see what happens each day .  Do you do this?




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