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  THIS JUST IN September 2010  
Chest compressions before defibrillation equivalent to immediate defibrillation in individuals who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

New devices to treat patients with left bundle branch block who have either mild heart failure or heart failure with no apparent symptoms.

The appetite suppressant sibutramine shown to increase the risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction and stroke in patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease.

Type D (distressed) personality shown to have adverse effects on cardiovascular outcomes.




What's New In Cardiac Surgery? Transapical Valves
OR Nurse 2010, September 2010

Review cardiac physiology and types of valvular heart disease. Brush up on available treatments and learn about one of the newest, most innovative procedures available.

ECG Challenges: Systematic Assessment of Basic Pacemaker Function
AACN Advanced Critical Care, July/September 2010

When assessing pacemaker function, start with the basics. Why was it placed? What type of pacemaker is it? What are its basic programming features? Then move on to the functional assessment, which includes ECG interpretation.

Clinical Dimension: Coronary Artery Disease in Women: The Myth Still Exists, Unfortunately
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, September/October 2010

Help educate your patients and the public about the threat of heart disease in women. Brush up on symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options, as they pertain to women.

Low Blood Pressure and Preserved Systolic Function in Elders With Heart Failure
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, September/October 2010

Explore the relationship between systolic blood pressure and morbidity and mortality in elders with heart failure, and discover if preserved systolic function in elders with HF optimizes pharmacotherapy.

ACTION STAT: Acute Myocardial Infarction In Pregnancy
Nursing2010, September 2010

During pregnancy, myocardial oxygen demand may increase secondary to enhanced stroke volume and heart rate. Acute myocardial infarction is rare, but make sure you can recognize this emergency and intervene appropriately.

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