Chagas Disease Cardiomyopathy : Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

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Chagas Disease Cardiomyopathy

Jimenez, Ariana MSN, AGACNP-BC; Winokur, Elizabeth J. PhD, RN, CEN

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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing 42(4):p 202-210, 7/8 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000590


Abstract Chagas disease is a prominent neglected tropical disease endemic to many countries in Latin America. Cardiomyopathy is the most serious manifestation due to the severity and complications of heart failure. As a result of expanded immigration and globalization, there is an increased number of patients with Chagas cardiomyopathy who are being admitted to hospitals in the United States. It is imperative as a critical care nurse to be educated on the nature of Chagas cardiomyopathy as it differs from the more commonly seen ischemic and nonischemic forms. This article provides an overview of the clinical course, management, and treatment options of Chagas cardiomyopathy.

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