Peripheral Vascular Diseases Practice Quiz (20 Questions)

Nurses that are competent in the care of a patient with cardiovascular problems are able to minimize mortality and morbidity rates for these patients. Sounds good right? In this 20-item NCLEX style exam, your knowledge about the different Peripheral Vascular Diseases will be challenged. Take it and soar high on your NCLEX!

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1. The most important factor in regulating the caliber of blood vessels, which determines resistance to flow, is:

1. Hormonal secretion
2. Independent arterial wall activity.
3. The influence of circulating chemicals
4. The sympathetic nervous system

 2. With peripheral arterial insufficiency, leg pain during rest can be reduced by:

1. Elevating the limb above heart level
2. Lowering the limb so it is dependent
3. Massaging the limb after application of cold compresses
4. Placing the limb in a plane horizontal to the body

3. Buerger’s disease is characterized by all of the following except:

1. Arterial thrombosis formation and occlusion
2. Lipid deposits in the arteries
3. Redness or cyanosis in the limb when it is dependent
4. Venous inflammation and occlusion

4. A significant cause of venous thrombosis is:

1. Altered blood coagulation
2. Stasis of blood
3. Vessel wall injury
4. All of the above

5. When caring for a patient who has started anticoagulant therapy with warfarin (Coumadin), the nurse knows not to expect therapeutic benefits for:

1. At least 12 hours
2. The first 24 hours
3. 2-3 days
4. 1 week

6. Mike, a 43-year old construction worker, has a history of hypertension. He smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, is nervous about the possibility of being unemployed, and has difficulty coping with stress. His current concern is calf pain during minimal exercise that decreased with rest. The nurse assesses Mike’s symptoms as being associated with peripheral arterial occlusive disease. The nursing diagnosis is probably:

1. Alteration in tissue perfusion related to compromised circulation
2. Dysfunctional use of extremities related to muscle spasms
3. Impaired mobility related to stress associated with pain
4. Impairment in muscle use associated with pain on exertion.

7. A 24-year old man seeks medical attention for complaints of claudication in the arch of the foot. A nurse also notes superficial thrombophlebitis of the lower leg. The nurse would next assess the client for:

1. Familial tendency toward peripheral vascular disease
2. Smoking history
3. Recent exposures to allergens
4. History of insect bites

8. Intravenous heparin therapy is ordered for a client. While implementing this order, a nurse ensures that which of the following medications is available on the nursing unit?

1. Vitamin K
2. Aminocaproic acid
3. Potassium chloride
4. Protamine sulfate

9. A client who has been receiving heparin therapy also is started on warfarin sodium (coumadin). The client asks the nurse why both medications are being administered. In formulating a response, the nurse incorporates the understanding that warfarin sodium:

1. Stimulates the breakdown of specific clotting factors by the liver, and it takes 2-3 days for this is exhibit an anticoagulant effect.
2. Inhibits synthesis of specific clotting factors in the liver, and it takes 3 to 4 days for this medication to exert an anticoagulation effect.
3. Stimulates production of the body’s own thrombolytic substances, but it takes 2-4 days for it to begin.
4. Has the same mechanism action of heparin, and the crossover time is needed for the serum level of warfarin sodium to be therapeutic.

10. A nurse has the order to begin administering warfarin sodium (Coumadin) to a client. While implementing this order, the nurse ensures that which of the following medications is available on the nursing unit as the antidote for Coumadin?

1. Vitamin K
2. Aminocaproic acid
3. Potassium chloride
4. Protamine sulfate

11. A nurse is assessing the neurovascular status of a client who returned to the surgical nursing unit 4 hours ago after undergoing aortoiliac bypass graft. The affected leg is warm, and the nurse notes redness and edema. The pedal pulse is palpable and unchanged from admission. The nurse interprets that the neurovascular status is:

1. Normal because of the increased blood flow through the leg
2. Slightly deteriorating and should be monitored for another hour
3. Moderately impaired, and the surgeon should be called.
4. Adequate from the arterial approach, but venous complications are arising.

12. A client is admitted with a venous stasis leg ulcer. A nurse assesses the ulcer, expecting to note that the ulcer:

1. Has a pale colored base
2. Is deep, with even edges
3. Has little granulation tissue
4. Has brown pigmentation around it.

13. In preparation for the discharge of a client with arterial insufficiency and Raynaud’s disease, client teaching instructions should include:

1. Walking several times each day as an exercise program.
2. Keeping the heat up so that the environment is warm
3. Wearing TED hose during the day
4. Using hydrotherapy for increasing oxygenation

14. A client comes to the outpatient clinic and tells the nurse that he has had legs pains that began when he walks but cease when he stops walking. Which of the following conditions would the nurse assess for?

1. An acute obstruction in the vessels of the legs
2. Peripheral vascular problems in both legs
3. Diabetes
4. Calcium deficiency

15. Which of the following characteristics is typical of the pain associated with DVT?

1. Dull ache
2. No pain
3. Sudden onset
4. Tingling

16. Cancer can cause changes in what component of Virchow’s triad?

1. Blood coagulability
2. Vessel walls
3. Blood flow
4. Blood viscosity

17. Varicose veins can cause changes in what component of Virchow’s triad?

1. Blood coagulability
2. Vessel walls
3. Blood flow
4. Blood viscosity

18. Which technique is considered the gold standard for diagnosing DVT?

1. Ultrasound imaging
2. Venography
3. MRI
4. Doppler flow study

19. A nurse is assessing a client with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Which of the following assessment findings by the nurse is probably unrelated to an aneurysm?

1. Pulsatile abdominal mass
2. Hyperactive bowel sounds in that area
3. Systolic bruit over the area of the mass
4. Subjective sensation of “heart beating” in the abdomen.

20. A nurse is caring for a client who had a percutaneous insertion of an inferior vena cava filter and was on heparin therapy before surgery. The nurse would inspect the surgical site most closely for signs of:

1. Thrombosis and infection
2. Bleeding and infection
3. Bleeding and wound dehiscence.
4. Wound dehiscence and evisceration.

Answers and Rationale


1. Answer: 4. The sympathetic nervous system

2. Answer: 2. Lowering the limb so it is dependent

3. Answer: 2. Lipid deposits in the arteries

4. Answer: 4. All of the above

5. Answer: 3. 2-3 days

6. Answer: 1. Alteration in tissue perfusion related to compromised circulation

7. Answer: 2. Smoking history

The mixture of arterial and venous manifestations (claudication and phlebitis, respectively) in the young male client suggests Buerger’s disease. This is an uncommon disorder characterized by inflammation and thrombosis of smaller arteries and veins. This disorder typically is found in young adult males who smoke. The cause is not known precisely but is suspected to have an autoimmune component.

8. Answer: 4. Protamine sulfate

The antidote to heparin is protamine sulfate and should be readily available for use if excessive bleeding or hemorrhage should occur

9. Answer: 2. Inhibits synthesis of specific clotting factors in the liver, and it takes 3 to 4 days for this medication to exert an anticoagulation effect.

Warfarin sodium works in the liver and inhibits synthesis of four vitamin K-dependent clotting factors (X, IX, VII, and II), but it takes 3 to 4 days before the therapeutic effect of warfarin is exhibited.

10. Answer: 1. Vitamin K

The antidote to warfarin (Coumadin) is Vitamin K and should be readily available for use if excessive bleeding or hemorrhage should occur.

11. Answer: 1. Normal because of the increased blood flow through the leg

An expected outcome of surgery is warmth, redness, and edema in the surgical extremity because of increased blood flow.

12. Answer: 4. Has brown pigmentation around it.

Venous leg ulcers, also called stasis ulcers, tend to be more superficial than arterial ulcers, and the ulcer bed is pink. The edges of the ulcer are uneven, and granulation tissue is evident. The skin has a brown pigmentation from the accumulation of metabolic waste products resulting from venous stasis. The client also exhibits peripheral edema.

  • Options A, B, and C is due to tissue malnutrition; and thus us an arterial problem)

13. Answer: 2. Keeping the heat up so that the environment is warm

The client’s instructions should include keeping the environment warm to prevent vasoconstriction.

  • Option A: Walking would most likely increase pain.
  • Option C: Wearing gloves, warm clothes, and socks will also be useful when preventing vasoconstriction, but TED hose would not be therapeutic.

14. Answer: 2. Peripheral vascular problems in both legs

Intermittent claudication is a condition that indicates vascular deficiencies in the peripheral vascular system.

  • Option A: If an obstruction were present, the leg pain would persist when the client stops walking.
  • Option D: Low calcium levels may cause leg cramps but would not necessarily be related to walking.

15. Answer: 3. Sudden onset

DVT is associated with deep leg pain of sudden onset, which occurs secondary to the occlusion.

  • Option A: A dull ache is more commonly associated with varicose veins.
  • Option C: If the thrombus is large enough, it will cause pain.
  • Option D: A tingling sensation is associated with an alteration in arterial blood flow.

16. Answer: 1. Blood coagulability

17. Answer: 3. Blood flow

18. Answer: 2. Venography

19. Answer: 2. Hyperactive bowel sounds in that area

Not all clients with abdominal aortic aneurysms exhibit symptoms.

  • Option A: A pulsatile mass may be palpated in the middle and upper abdomen.
  • Option C: A systolic bruit may be auscultated over the mass. Hyperactive bowel sounds are not related specifically to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Option D: Those who do describe a feeling of the “heart beating” in the abdomen when supine or be able to feel the mass throbbing.

20. Answer: 2. Bleeding and infection

After inferior vena cava insertion, the nurse inspects the surgical site for bleeding and signs and symptoms of infection. Otherwise, care is the same as for any post-op client.

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