Deactivation of ICDs at the End of Life: A Systematic Review of Clinical Practices and Provider and Patient Attitudes
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, October 2011
The purpose of this systematic review was to identify factors that delay implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) deactivation discussions and to identify ways to promote timely deactivation discussions and thus foster better patient-centered, end-of-life care for people with ICDs.
Healthcare Needs of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease: Study of the Patient Perspective
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, November/December 2011
This study investigated adult congenital heart disease patient-reported barriers to medical care, healthcare behaviors, and concerns regarding medical, psychosocial, and lifestyle matters.
Cardiac Output, Blood Pressure Variability, and Cognitive Decline in Geriatric Cardiac Patients
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention, September/October 2011
There is now overwhelming evidence that chronic cardiovascular disease impairs neurocognitive function even when clinically manifest stroke is not evident. Researchers in this study investigated the effect of several important cardiac indices on the rate of decline in Attention-Executive-Psychomotor function.
Understanding Pacemaker Rhythms: Part 3
Nursing2011 Critical Care, November 2011
The last article in this series about pacemaker rhythms covers "ugly" rhythms, which represent normal pacemaker function despite their bizarre appearance, and in some cases actually protect the patient.
Changes in Myocardial Infarction-Specific Sexual Counseling by Cardiac Nurses
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, November/December 2011
A comparison of MI-specific sexual counseling across 2 periods (1994 and 2009) is the focus of this article. Discover what improvements have been made and learn recommendations for the future.