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  THIS JUST IN September 2012  

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  FROM OUR JOURNALS

Providing Best Practice in the Management of Atrial Fibrillation in the United States
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, October 2012 

Nurses are integral to the care of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this review article was to provide an overview of AF management based on current guidelines and new data.



Supportive Relationships, Self-care Confidence, and Heart Failure Self-care
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, October 2012

Findings in this study support the positive influence of social support on self-care behaviors. It is suggested that self-care confidence and self-care behaviors can be enhanced by improving the quality of social support.



UA/NSTEMI: Are you following the latest guidelines?
Nursing2012, September 2012

In 2011, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines updated the 2007 guidelines for management of patients with unstable angina (UA) and NSTEMI. This article reviews the current guidelines and discusses how to apply them to patient care.



ECG Challenges: ECG Characteristics of Acute Pericarditis
AACN Advanced Critical Care, September 2012

Differentiation of pericarditis from STEMI is important because patients with STEMI are urgently referred to the catheterization laboratory, whereas patients with pericarditis may be discharged for outpatient follow-up. Also, patients with pericarditis often get unnecessary coronary angiograms.



Improving Outcomes with Therapeutic Hypothermia
Nursing2012 Critical Care, September 2012

Therapeutic hypothermia is a controlled reduction of the core body temperature to 32[degrees] C to 34[degrees] C (89.6[degrees] F to 93.2[degrees] F), and is used in patients who don't regain consciousness after return of spontaneous circulation following cardiac arrest. Brush up on your understanding of the link between the pathophysiology of cardiac arrest and physiology underlying therapeutic hypothermia.



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