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Heart disease prevention in women: The NP's role

More women die from heart disease than any other illness. This article focuses on risk factors and their prevalence in women along with strategies for preventing this disease. Armed with this information, the NP can play a major role in preventing cardiovascular deaths in women.

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Behçet disease: An uncommon condition with common manifestations

Behçet disease (BD) is a rare yet complicated chronic inflammatory condition related to vasculitis that may present with multiorgan involvement. BD has a number of potential clinical presentations, with painful oral and genital lesions being the most common. Outcomes of BD range from recurring, painful, transient rashes to life-threatening episodes. Primary care NPs are in a key position to develop suspicion for BD based on clinical presentation of combined manifestations. This article uses a case study to explore the diagnosis of BD.

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Assessment and treatment of dizziness and vertigo

Dizziness is a common patient complaint with multiple etiologies. Many causes are benign, but NPs should consider red flags for serious differential diagnoses. A systematic patient history and physical exam are crucial to accurately diagnose conditions related to dizziness. This article reviews common etiologies of dizziness and vertigo, assessment techniques, and treatment options.

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Pharmacogenetic testing in primary care

Pharmacogenetic testing can assist primary care providers in tailoring treatment according to a patient's genetic traits and his or her ability to metabolize certain medications. This article will discuss the benefits and limitations of pharmacogenetic testing and how to interpret results.

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Disasters: Who responds when?

The first installment in this Disaster Response Series reviews what qualifies as a disaster versus an emergency. This article includes a brief historical background of disasters that occurred in the US, relevant definitions, and levels and phases of appropriate disaster response by NPs.

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