Chronic Cardiovascular Conditions

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About the Course

With the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to aid in its reduction. Recognizing patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and taking the initiative to educate patients about behavioral and nonbehavioral cardiovascular risk factors, can enhance other primary prevention strategies aimed to control the prevalence of the disease.  This course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients at risk for or who already have cardiovascular disease and chronic cardiovascular conditions. The course focuses on the diagnosis, nursing management associated with hypertension and hyperlipidemia, the pathophysiological processes associated with coronary heart disease, and angina and presents therapeutic strategies.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe nursing management for patients with hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
  • Identify pathophysiologic processes associated with coronary heart disease and angina.
  • Describe the pathophysiology and current therapeutic strategies for patients with cardiomyopathies.
  • Describe nursing management for patients with chronic heart failure.
  • Describe the nurse’s role in the collaborative management of patients with chronic heart failure secondary to valvular disorders.
  • Discuss the implications for the current management strategies of atrial fibrillation.
  • Describe nursing management for patients with diseases of the aorta and peripheral vasculature.
  • Describe the indications for cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators and the impact of these devices on patients.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care.

About the Author:
Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE

Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Practitioner program at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing after successfully implementing her DNP project titled, Preventing Oversedation in the Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adult via a Multiprofessional Implementation of the RASS Tool, within a 430-bed community hospital. Her DNP concentrated in Nursing Education and AGACNP practice. Dr. Fowler has more than 16 years’ experience as a registered nurse with specialty certification as a Critical Care RN. Dr. Fowler has received multiple local and state-wide awards recognizing her expertise in nursing education and critical care nursing. She serves as an active member and is on the board of multiple state and regional nursing and medical organizations in pursuit of the advancement of nursing practice and the profession in general.
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