Hawaii The Pathophysiology of the Cardiovascular System


About the Course


This adult focused course is for all generalist nurses who care for adults.  The course includes practice standards, best practices guidelines, and therapies related to assessment and care of patients with disease of the cardiovascular system


Purpose Statement

Caring for diseases of the cardiovascular system are part of every day nursing care.  This course reviews the pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system, and updates current standards and therapies.  It is a vital course of contemporary best practices nursing care.


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the heart.
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology of pumping and non-pumping diseases of the heart.
  3. Describe the causes and etiology of pumping and non-pumping diseases of the heart.
  4. Recognize signs and symptoms of pumping and non-pumping diseases of the heart.
  5. List three various tests used for diagnosis.
  6. Determine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of the various diseases.

About the Author

Carol Gelman, MD, MS, HC.

Dr. Gelman received her medical degree in South Africa.  She has now lived in the United States for the past 16 years and now considers this her home.  Dr. Gelman considers medicine to be an essential part of who she is.  Since arriving in the U.S., she realizes how important communication is in understanding, implementing, and working in health care.  This led her to return to school for a degree in health communication from Metropolitan College, Boston.  The blend of medicine and health communication has provided Dr. Gelman the perfect foundation for writing and educating.  Elite is privileged to have Dr. Gelman as a course writer.  In her spare time, Dr. Gelman, who lives in Atlanta, cares for two lovely girls, aged 9 and 17, a golden retriever, and a stray cat.  She also enjoys creating vintage digital French graphics.  

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