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  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   8/22/2019
  • Contains:  28 items
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Acute kidney injury after cardiovascular surgery

Smith, Melanie E.

The Nurse Practitioner. 41(3):34-40, March 15, 2016.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a complication experienced by many patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery. Postoperative deterioration in kidney function is associated with an increased risk of in-hospital mortality and affects long-term survival. Developing strategies to identify and treat AKI is important to reduce incidence and optimize outcomes.

The Million Hearts initiative: Guidelines and best practices

Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek; Orsolini, Liana; Gawlik, Kate; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 41(2):46-53, February 18, 2016.

Million Hearts® is a national initiative to improve the nation's cardiovascular health through evidence-based practices and prevention. This article reviews the ABCS of Million Hearts with an emphasis on nurse practitioner-led care models. Recommendations for clinical practice, education, research, and health policy are highlighted.

Treating dyslipidemia in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Frank, Michelle L.; Gerhardt, Annie M.

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(8):18-22, August 15th, 2015.

Diabetic dyslipidemia is a major cause of cardiovascular complication and a key area for intervention. Blood cholesterol treatment guidelines and strategies to reduce cardiovascular risk are outlined and addressed in this article.

Avoiding patient morbidity: Updated statin drug interactions and risks for patient harm

Finks, Shannon W.; Campbell, Jennifer D.

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(11):45-51, November 16th, 2014.

Almost 50% of serious adverse events with statin therapy are attributed to unfavorable drug-drug combinations. This article reviews updated FDA warnings on capping the dose of simvastatin, recent package insert labeling changes on particular statins that address combinations with potent cytochrome P450 inhibitors, and current renal dosing recommendations for statins.

Transradial vascular access: A growing trend

Dunne, Mary Lynn; Phillips, Eileen

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(8):50-54, August 16th, 2014.

The transradial route for coronary angiography is a growing trend in the United States. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are an essential part of the preprocedural assessment of patients. This article will outline the benefits and risks of transradial access as well methods for NPs to assess arterial hand circulation.

Primary care of chronic dyspnea in adults

Bull, Amy

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(8):34-40, August 16th, 2014.

Chronic dyspnea is defined as shortness of breath lasting for a minimum of 4 weeks. It is a common complaint associated with many of the cardiopulmonary diseases seen in primary care. This article provides a systematic, evidence-based, and cost-effective approach to the evaluation of this complex symptom.

Update on the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care

Zitkus, Bruce S.

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(8):22-32, August 16th, 2014.

The diagnosis and management of diabetes in primary care has increased dramatically over the past several years. The article discusses the latest American Diabetes Association recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diabetes.

Managing hyperlipidemia The updated cholesterol treatment guidelines

Scordo, Kristine Anne

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(7):28-32, July 13th, 2014.

The ACC/AHA 2013 cholesterol treatment guidelines focus on lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke and not on targeted treatment goals in adult patients. This article offers a synopsis of the new guidelines and how to apply them in clinical practice.

Hypertension in 2014: Making sense of the guidelines

Scordo, Kristine Anne; Pickett, Kim Anne

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(6):18-23, June 15, 2014.

If not appropriately treated, hypertension can lead to stroke, kidney failure, myocardial infarction, and death. Substantial evidence from multiple randomized clinical trials demonstrates the benefit of antihypertensive therapy. The purpose of this article is to discuss current hypertension guidelines.

LVAD: LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES for end-stage heart failure

Laing, Craig

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(2):42-47, February 15th, 2014.

Heart failure affects more than 5 million Americans with approximately 200,000 patients in end-stage disease that has failed traditional treatment. Historically, the only available treatment was a heart transplant until left ventricular assist devices offered another option.