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  THIS JUST IN July 2011  

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  FROM OUR JOURNALS

Sinus Bradycardia and Sinus Tachycardia: Part II
Plastic Surgical Nursing, April/June 2011

A decrease in cardiac output is the biggest concern with any arrhythmia, including sinus bradycardia and sinus tachycardia. Brush up on your knowledge of basic cardiac conduction and review your role in utilizing a systematic approach for patient assessment and treatment. Two case studies are presented here.



In Sync with Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy
Nursing2011 Critical Care, May 2011

The “counterpulsation” associated with intra-aortic balloon therapy (IABP) leads to increased cardiac output and relief from ischemic chest pain or angina is often noted within minutes of starting this intervention. Review the indications, rationale, function, and potential complications of IABP therapy.



Living With Atrial Fibrillation: A Qualitative Study
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, July/August 2011

In this study, the authors describe the experience of living with recurrent symptomatic atrial fibrillation from patients' perspectives. Seven themes are identified and discussed.



Using QRS Morphology and QTc Interval to Prevent Complications and Cardiac Death
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, July/September 2011

Many medications and conditions contribute to QTc prolongation, which is a predictive precursor for life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. This article discusses the role of QTc interval assessment, as well as QRS morphology, in predicting risk of complications.



Demystifying Ventricular Assist Devices
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, July/September 2011

Ventricular assist devices are implanted to provide cardiac support and can be used temporarily as a bridge to transplant or implanted permanently (known as destination therapy.) Learn about five of the most well-known type of left ventricular assist devices by reading this article.




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