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One Statin, Two Statins, Three Statins, More: Similarities and Differences of 3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl Coenzyme A Reductase Inhibitors
Orthopaedic Nursing, January/February 2011

Statin drugs are considered first-line therapy to lower blood serum cholesterol levels in conjunction with therapeutic lifestyle changes for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. Take a closer look at these agents, including dosage, side effects, and cautions for the seven 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors currently available.



Tech Update: The Challenges And Rewards Of The Cardiac Universal Bed Model
Nursing Management, January 2011

The cardiac universal bed model is one in which a patient is cared for in one setting from procedure through discharge. Read more about this innovative care delivery system and its challenges and rewards.



Heart Beats: Dealing With ICD Lead Fracture
Nursing2010 Critical Care, January 2011

Refresh your knowledge of how implantable cardioverter defibrillators work and how to troubleshoot them. Also, learn how to handle ICD lead fracture, a complication with serious adverse effects.



Improving the Acute Myocardial Infarction Rapid Rule Out Process
Journal of Nursing Care Quality, October/December 2010

Read about a performance improvement project that sought to improve compliance with an evidence-based Acute Myocardial Infarction Rapid Rule Out pathway. Learn how a bedside staff nurse was able to decrease wait times and length of stay for patients with low-risk chest pain while applying evidence-based practice.



Telephone Titration of Heart Failure Medications
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, January/February 2011

In this study, titration of heart failure medications via telephone was feasible and safe and was achieved in 97% patients on angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers and beta-blockers. Medication titration was associated with significant improvement in left ventricular function.




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