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Articles by Joanne L. Thanavaro, DNP, ACNP-BC, DNP

Diagnosis and Management of Primary Aldosteronism

Thanavaro, Joanne L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(4):12-22, April 2011.

Primary aldosteronism is characterized by excessive production of aldosterone, which leads to hypernatremia, hypertension (HTN), hypokalemia, and alkalosis. The three crucial diagnostic steps are case detection, case confirmation, and subtype classification. Marked improvement or cure of HTN is achieved with appropriate treatment.

Brugada syndrome: A silent killer

Thanavaro, Joanne L.; Chouhan, Lalit

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(11):46-51, November 2009.

Brugada syndrome is a dangerous genetic disease diagnosed by an abnormal ECG. Treatment may include an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, which monitors heart rhythm. Pharmocologic therapy is also indicated in some cases.