Key Features

  • Section I: Assessment provides a guide to assessment skills, such as history taking and conducting a focused cardiovascular physical exam. Includes common questions that new or experienced nurses may have about history taking and completing a physical exam in a timely manner. "Pearls" of the trade are included regarding heart auscultation. Other aspects of physical assessment, such as hemodynamic monitoring (both invasive and non-invasive) are also included.
  • Section II: Diagnostic Procedures discusses the various types of diagnostic studies that are pertinent to the CV patient population, indications for each, and includes tips on result interpretation. Patient preparation instruction and tips for patient education for each procedure are also addressed.
  • Section III: Symptoms and Disease States includes a discussion on common etiologies of the symptoms or disease states, differential diagnoses, the most common treatments and introduces any controversies therein.
  • Section IV: Therapeutic Options covers some of the major categories of treatment options for CV patients. Includes patient preparation and education tips.
  • Section V: Cardiovascular Pharmacology covers some of the major categories of pharmacological treatment options for CV patients, including indications for use, potential side effects, patient education, and any current controversies in the field of each treatment option.
  • Section VI: Cardiovascular Risk Reduction covers areas of cardiovascular risk reduction that nurses commonly address when conducting assessments, educating for primary/secondary prevention of CV events, and completing patient discharge planning. Common strategies and "pearls" of the trade are given to optimize patient adherence.
  • Section VII: Special Patient Populations covers selected special patient populations that are commonly seen in practice. The unique characteristics of each sub-population in the relationship to CV disease are

Table of Contents

I. Assessment
1. History Taking for the Cardiovascular Client
2. Physical Exam for the Cardiovascular Client
3. Hemodynamic Monitoring

II. Diagnostic Procedures
4. Selected Laboratory Procedures
5. Noninvasive Cardiovascular Testing
6. Selected Nuclear Cardiovascular Testing
7. Invasive Cardiovascular Testing

III. Symptoms and Disease States
8. Hypertension
9. Acute Coronary Syndromes
10. Myocardial Infarction
11. Heart Failure
12. Presyncope and Syncope
13. Arrhythmias
14. Valvular Heart Disease
15. Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolus
16. Congenital Heart Disease
17. Peripheral Vascular Disease
18. Pulmonary Hypertension
19. Shock

IV. Therapeutic Options
20. Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
21. Cardiovascular Surgery
22. Temporary Pacing, Cardioversion, and Defibrillation
23. Invasive Treatments for Shock: Ventricular-Assist Devices and Intraaortic Balloon Pump
24. Permanent Pacemakers
25. Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators
26. Heart Transplantation

V. Cardiovascular Pharmacology
27. Thrombolytic Therapy
28. Antiplatelet and Anti-thrombiotic Agents
29. Chronic Anticoagulation
30. Diuretics and Nitrates
31. Beta Blockers and Calcium Channel Blockers
32. ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin
Receptor Blockers
33. Digoxin and Other Positive Inotropic Agents
34. Antiarrhythmic Agents

VI. Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
35. Smoking Cessation
36. Lipid Lowering Strategies
37. Physical Activity
38. Cardiac Rehabilitation
39. Psychosocial Considerations

VII. Special Patient Populations
40. Cardiovascular Disease and Women
41. Cardiovascular Disease and the Elderly
42. Cardiovascular Disease and Ethnicity
43. Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

VIII. Current Topics in Cardiology
44. Family Presence during Resuscitation


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