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Careful selection of patients for elective percutaneous coronary intervention may allow them to return home safely the same day as the procedure.


 


I.V. administration of nimodipine may lead to cardiac arrest, severe hypotension, other cardiac adverse events, or death.


 


Harvard researchers report that women who eat a lot of red meat may be at increased risk for heart disease.



 



  FROM OUR JOURNALS


Stop that Clot! Anticoagulant Medications 101
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, September/October 2010

Anticoagulants interfere with hemostasis and carry a significant risk of bleeding. Review clot characteristics and the clotting cascade, then take a closer look at parenteral and oral anticoagulants.



Progress in Prevention: Improving Cardiovascular Risk Management Among Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Individuals
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, July/August 2010

In persons with HIV and AIDS, cardiovascular disease results from a complex interplay of traditional lifestyle factors, metabolic changes associated with highly active antiretroviral therapy, and inflammatory responses associated with chronic viral infection. Brush up on screening recommendations and prevention strategies.



Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, July/September 2010

Learn about etiologies associated with sudden cardiac death in the young, including structural and functional abnormalities, primary electrical diseases also known as channelopathies, and commotio cordis, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia caused by a direct, nonpenetrating, often low-impact blow to the chest.



Clinical DIMENSION: Monitoring Intrathoracic Impedance in Heart Failure Patients: Implications for Inpatient Use
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, September/October 2010

One way to detect physical signs of decreasing impedance and worsening heart failure is through the use of intrathoracic resistance or impedance measurements. This monitoring technique been used in the outpatient setting for several years. Learn more about the devices used and nursing implications for their use in the hospital setting.



CARDIAC REHABILITATION: Gender Differences in Fatigue Associated With Acute Myocardial Infarction
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention, July/August 2010

This study sought to characterize the fatigue associated with acute myocardial infarction in men and women. Read the details of this study and discover the gender differences.




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