By Angela Kucia, Tom Quinn

Acute Cardiac Care presents nurses with a complete realizing of the present perform and ideas underlying the care and administration of acute cardiac stipulations. It addresses the administration of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) with an emphasis on evidence-based pharmacological administration, cardiac emergencies (cardiac arrest, arrhythmia, acute pulmonary oedema, cardiogenic shock), present diagnostic and interventional modalities for the administration of ACS, together with probability stratification, and the moral, political, social and monetary components that influence upon the availability of acute cardiac providers in Australia and the UK.

Edited through well known lecturers and clinicians within the box, this functional textual content will inspire nurses to imagine seriously approximately facts and administration of acute coronary stipulations, and supply a advisor on how and the place to appear for updated proof and guidelines.


  • A entire and functional advisor to the present perform and rules underlying the nursing care of acute cardiac conditions
  • Edited by means of prime experts within the box with a wealth of expertise in acute cardiac care and resuscitation
  • Has an emphasis on evidence-based perform, encouraging nurses to significantly take into consideration their practice
  • Contains studying ambitions, key issues and actions and additional examining guidelines

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Discuss how risk factors for CVD are identified Recognise that risk of CVD is greater in some individuals than others Key concepts Behavioural risk; non-modifiable and modifiable risk; psychosocial risk factors; risk assessment; risk reduction. 1). These risk factors can be classed as biomedical, behavioural and psychosocial. Biomedical risk factors can be further categorised as non-modifiable and modifiable. Nonmodifiable risks are age, gender and family history, and modifiable risk factors include hypertension, dyslipidaemia, overweight/obesity, diabetes/insulin resistance and renal disease.

Nutritional and lifestyle modification, including exercise and weight loss, can reduce progression to type 2 diabetes (Knowler et al. 2002; Tuomilehto et al. 2002; Wadden et al. 2005) and should be strongly encouraged. and can be detected using a simple urine dipstick test. Renal disease can also contribute to hypertension and adversely alter plasma lipid profiles. CVD is the major cause of death in people with end-stage renal failure (ESRD), and mortality from CVD is 30 times greater in people with ESRD than the general population (American Heart Association 2008).

2007). The risk of developing CVD increases along a spectrum of blood glucose concentrations even at levels that are regarded as normal. Abnormal glucose tolerance is almost twice as common amongst patients with a myocardial infarction as in population-based controls (Bartnik et al. 2007). Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus are independent risk factors for CVD (McGill & McMahan 1998; Wilson et al. 5). 5 with the common clustering of these risk factors in a single individual known as the metabolic syndrome (Grundy et al.

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