Warning! Cardiac Cath Complications
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, August 2012
As with all invasive procedures, there are risks involved with cardiac catheterization, ranging from bleeding at the incision site to complications such as severe as stroke and even death. Prevention of complications isn't always possible, but early recognition of the signs and early intervention when complications do occur has been shown to yield better patient outcomes.
Is this patient with heart failure a candidate for ultrafiltration?
Nursing2012, June 2012
Ultrafiltration is a type of renal replacement therapy that may be indicated for patients with heart failure who have significant volume overload despite outpatient diuretic therapy. This article discusses nursing responsibilities for patients who are candidates for this intervention.
Efficacy and Safety of Pharmacological Options for Rate Control in Atrial Fibrillation
AACN Advanced Critical Care, April/June 2012
Brush up on your understanding of the role of pharmacological management strategies to improve quality of life and care in patients with AF.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Outcomes: Implications for Practice
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, May/June 2012
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was developed with the goal of offering a less invasive alternative to symptomatic high-risk patients with aortic stenosis. Review the risks, benefits, and potential complications of TAVI and become empowered in your role as patient advocate and educator.
Exercise Behavior in Adolescents with Mild Congenital Heart Disease
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, August 2012
The aims of this study were to compare the amount and intensity of exercise engaged in by male and female adolescents with mild CHD while on summer vacation and during the academic semester and to determine the extent to which their exercise behavior met cardiologists' recommendations, based on New York Heart Association functional classification.