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  THIS JUST IN June 2010  
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The incidence of acute MI and 30-day mortality decreasing.

Suppressed anger increases the risk of adverse cardiac events in CAD patients.

Mediterranean diet linked to better cardiac function.

Outpatient cardiology practices with APNs and PAs provide similar delivery of recommended therapies.

Summer health tips from the American Heart Association.





 



  FROM OUR JOURNALS


Getting to the Heart of Back and Shoulder Pain
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, April/June 2010

In this case study, the provider's recognition of abnormal vital signs led to a completely different diagnosis than one would expect with back and shoulder pain.



Maintaining a Heart-Healthy Diet Most of the Time
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, May/June 2010

The American Heart Association’s 3 simple steps for a heart-healthy diet: use up to at least as many calories as you take in, eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, and eat less of the nutrient-poor foods.



Beyond ECGs: Understanding electrophysiology testing
Nursing2010 Critical Care, May 2010

Learn who can benefit from EP testing, how the procedure works, dysrhythmia treatment, complications of testing, and how to care for your patient.



Heart Matters: Post-op A-fib prophylaxis: Where are we headed?
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, July/August 2010

Post-op atrial fibrillation results in longer hospital stays, increased costs, increased morbidity and mortality, and decreased patient satisfaction. Assess and manage each patient's AF risks and advocate for prophylaxis when indicated.



Lab Logic: Understanding amiodarone-induced hypothyroidism
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, June 2010

Amiodarone is indicated to treat life-threatening recurrent ventricular dysrhythmias. Understand how this drug has positive effects on cardiac muscle, but may simultaneously cause thyroid dysfunction.




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