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Body Surface Mapping Improves Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Emergency Department
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, January/March 2012

New technology, the 80-lead ECG, uses body surface mapping to provide a more comprehensive view of cardiac electrical activity. Body surface mapping has greater sensitivity in detecting acute myocardial infarction in the inferoposterior portions of the left ventricle and the right ventricle.



Coronary Heart Disease Risk Estimation in Asymptomatic Adults
Nursing Research, January/February 2012

The aims of this paper are to present information about and examples of how to estimate 10-year risk of developing coronary heart disease with the Framingham Risk Score and to demonstrate how to combine two different test results with Bayes' theorem.



Heart Matters: Congenital heart defects: TGV and CCTGV
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2012

In transposition of the great vessels (TGV) and congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels (CCTGV), the major arteries of the heart are reversed. This reversal causes poorly oxygenated blood to return to the body and well-oxygenated blood to return to the lungs via the pulmonary artery.



ECG Challenges: Electrical Storm in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Recipients
AACN Advanced Critical Care, January/March 2012

Electrical storm in patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is a serious medical problem. Patients with defibrillator or ICD storm go to clinics, emergency departments, progressive care units, and intensive care units for monitoring and evaluation. Acute inpatient care and treatment revolve around device interrogation, assessment of the cause and triggers, physiological treatment, device therapy adjustment, and emotional support.



Upstreaming Palliative Care for Patients With Heart Failure
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, March 2012

In this article, explore the meaning of palliative care for heart failure and its relationships with both chronic care and end-of-life care. A case study is used to envision the practical implementation of palliative care into existing systems of care.



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