Thorax and Lung Scenario
One of the questions that are critical in such a case is whether the patient has ever experienced such a condition before. This would be used to act as a lead in determining the cause of the issue before taking major tests as a precautionary measure. It would also be important to know if the patient is asthmatic or has a heart rhythm disorder or any other condition which could have triggered the case. Shortness of breath and the symptoms expressed by the patient could be associated with many conditions. And therefore it would be important not to leave any stone unturned to avoid a misdiagnosis case which could escalate the issue even more.
The symptoms expressed by the patient are critical and life-threatening. It is, therefore, it is important to express cultural sensitivity/ humility by first giving the case a high priority and subjecting a patient through a ventilator to increase oxygen supply in the body. This patient should also be accorded the attention within the shortest time possible as the case should become extreme and damage some of the major organs like the lungs or even the heart which could be fatal.
I would assess the patient’s reaction to a ventilator and see if the increased oxygen supply could reduce the heart beats and hence reduce the blood pressure which could stabilize the patient. I would also take some heart analysis tests to ensure that the condition is not internally induced for precautionary measures as the occurrence of such a case when the patient is away from a hospital could cause permanent damage to his organs which could lead to death.
With the stated symptoms the patient could be suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD causes short breath, and the bilateral wheezes sound in the lungs and tightness in the chest, therefore, leading to increased heartbeat and respiration rate (Calverley & Pride, 2013).
Calverley, P. M., & Pride, N. B. (2013). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Boston: Springer US.