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Outpatient care of patients with COPD

Controlling symptoms and preventing exacerbations are the key to patient quality of life. Takeaways: Nurses must be able to identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) early in the disease process to provide education...

A team approach to STEMI treatment protocols

A community hospital’s initiative improves patient outcomes. Takeaways: Few practice guidelines focus on in-hospital ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). Challenges related to inpatient STEMIs include delays in several areas—including recognition, electrocardiogram interpretation, STEMI team or rapid...

Managing carotid stenosis to prevent stroke

Watch for warning signs to reduce risk. Takeaways: Approximately 87% of all strokes are ischemic, with 30% directly attributed to atherosclerosis of the internal carotid artery. Within the first 3 months after a transient ischemic...

Study reveals no link between statin use and cognitive decline

A new study offers insight into a question that’s plagued healthcare for some time: Does an association exist between statin use and cognitive decline? A team from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of...

New research in the prevention of venous thromboembolism

By American Nurse Today Editorial Staff Research Objective A recent study examines the use of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients who are at high-risk for the condition after surgery. Methodology The open, blinded, randomized...

Central vascular access device complications:

The nurse’s role at each point of care Takeaways: Central vascular access devices (CVADs) can be essential to accomplishing patient therapeutic regimens. Nurses must be able to recognize signs and symptoms of CVAD-related complications at...

Atypical presentation of myocardial infarction

Quickly recognizing unusual symptoms can save lives. Takeaways  Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in women, but it’s often under-recognized because of atypical symptoms.  Women may experience vague symptoms that are inconsistent with...

FDA approves treatment for two rare diseases

On May 6, the FDA approved Ruzurgi (amifampridine) tablets for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome in patients 6 to less than 17 years of age. On the same date, the agency approved Vyndaqel...

Cardiovascular nurses encourage use of updated guidelines for management of blood cholesterol and physical...

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association believes that all nurses should integrate the recently updated 2018 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA)/multi-society cholesterol guideline and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’...

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection

Be aware of this often misdiagnosed and possibly deadly condition. Takeaways:  Nurses should have a high level of suspicion for spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) when patients, especially young women, present with chest pain and...
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Medications for heart failure management: What nurses need to know

Learn about heart failure medications to ensure improved outcomes Takeaways: Learn about the newest medications to treat heart failure, including adverse effects, indications, and nursing implications. Stages and classes of heart failure established by the American...
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Women and cardiovascular disease

Understand women’s unique risks and symptoms to ensure early identification and treatment of CVD. Takeaways: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of mortality in women; women of color are at greater risk for...

Technology outperforms humans

Technology continues to be debated. Do we rely on it too much? Do we not embrace it enough? But sometimes, there’s no debating the benefits. And that may be the case with a study...