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A 35 year old patient with a complete T5 spinal cord injury is working on supine to sit transfers on the mat table when he suddenly appears flushed and complains of his heart pounding.  Upon examination, his blood pressure is 180/100 and he has a pounding headache.  The most appropriate INITIAL course of action is:

  1. Lay the patient supine and notify the patient’s physician.
  2. Sit the patient up and notify the patient’s physician.
  3. Tell the patient it is just stress and continue the treatment session.
  4. Initiate core strengthening exercises to maintain intraabdominal pressure.

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