Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets

Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets

By Leslie Davis, MSN, RN, CS, ANP, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC


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
45. End of Life Care
46. Genetics