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  THIS JUST IN October 2010  
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Compressions before airway and breathing - new CPR guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.

FDA approves Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) to prevent stroke in people with atrial fibrillation.

Two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveal that a restrictive perioperative transfusion strategy does not appear to be inferior to a more liberal transfusion strategy.

Administration of either aspirin or statin therapy prior to cardiac surgery appears to improve patient outcomes.

A history of aspirin use and an incident of acute coronary syndrome puts patients at modestly higher risk of recurrent myocardial infarction.


  FROM OUR JOURNALS


Conquering Pulmonary Embolism
OR Nurse 2010, September 2010

Pulmonary embolism is the third most common cause of death in hospitalized patients. Update your knowledge of risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and patient education, and learn how early, aggressive embolectomy may improve outcomes.



Association Between Acute and Chronic Life Events on Acute Coronary Syndrome
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, September/October 2010

Acute stress or chronic stress - which has more of an impact on the development of acute coronary syndromes (ACS)? Read this study which examines the relationship between psychological stressors and ACS.



Deciphering and Treating Atrioventricular Blocks
Nursing2010 Critical Care, September2010

Brush up on cardiac conduction and the cardiac cycle and learn to recognize and respond to first-, second-, and third-degree AV blocks.



Cardiac Care: Treatment Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, October 2010

One of the most serious consequences of atrial fibrillation, due to the sluggish nature of blood flow in the atrium, is the development of thrombi. Review current recommendations for treating atrial fibrillation and preventing complications such as stroke and pulmonary embolism.



Heart Matters: Analyzing Angina
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, November/December 2010

Stable angina, unstable angina, microvascular angina, Prinzmetal angina - what are the defining characteristics of each of these? How can you differentiate the symptoms of angina from acute or impending myocardial infarction? Learn these answers and more!




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