Atrial Fibrillation – Pathophysiology, Podcast, and Nursing Care Plan

Atrial Fibrillation drawing

Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation is described as a quivering or irregular and sometimes fast heart rate. Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) can lead to heart failure, stroke, blood clots, and other complications of the heart. In Afib, the atria ( the hearts upper two chambers) beat irregularly and at a high rate. Afib may be sporadic (come and go) or may become […]

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How Aerobic Exercise Affects Cardiovascular Fitness – Staff Health

How Aerobic Exercise Affects Cardiovascular Fitness     Exercise more, people say. It’s good for you. And they’re right of course, exercise is essential to good health. It brings with it many benefits, such as better moods, deeper sleep, and stable weight. But perhaps the most profound benefit seen when increasing the amount of exercise performed is the improvement in […]

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Beta Blockers

Beta Blockers Podcast for Beta blockers Brands and Generics for Beta Blockers, drugs that blocks responses to epinephrine/adrenalin stimulation of beta-adrenergic receptors and results in decreasing heart rate, myocardial contractility and myocardial oxygen demand. Used to treat arrhythmias, angina, hypertension, glaucoma, and migraines.   Beta Blockers:  also known as   beta-adrenergic blocking agents beta antogonists beta adrenergic antagonists Used to decrease […]

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Nursing Skills: How to measure blood pressure and what do the numbers mean

How to measure blood pressure – Nurse skills   Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this: Read as “117 over 76 millimeters of mercury” Systolic The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). Diastolic […]

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LVAD General Info – Cardiac

LVAD 101: Anatomy and Physiology [toc] Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)   Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is implanted under your skin. It helps pump blood from the left ventricle of your heart and on to the rest of your body. A control unit and battery pack are worn outside your body and are connected to the LVAD through a […]

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ACLS Practice – Skills

What is ACLS Certification for Nursing? Nurses who work in critical, urgent, or emergency care units are required to be ACLS certified. Other nursing positions where cardiac-related emergencies are common, such as senior care facilities, also typically require ACLS certification. RNs and LPNs are required to be certified and familiar with ACLS protocol since they work with patients who have […]

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Transcutaneous Pacing – Skills

Transcutaneous Pacing Refresher for transcutaneous pacing. Please check with your facilities policies and procedures.   What is Noninvasive Transcutaneous Pacing? NTP is the technique of electrically stimulating the heart by use of a set of pads placed externally on the torso. ECG electrodes are also placed on the patient to sense ventricular events (spontaneous or paced), and the pulse generator […]

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