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Cardiac Nursing Essentials



Cardiovascular Assessment: Critical Clues You Should NEVER Miss

  • Neck Vein Evaluation
  • What does the Blood Pressure Really Mean?
  • Don’t Miss a Beat Interpreting Heart Sounds
  • Significant Murmurs

Cardiovascular Drug Cabinet: Know Your Alphabet

  • ACEI
  • ARBs
  • Aldosterone Blockers
  • Anti-Platelets
  • New Anticoagulants
  • Beta Blockers
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Digoxin
  • Pressor Agents
  • Manipulating the Cardiac Output Equation

Essentials of 12-Lead EKG Interpretation

  • Location, Location, Location!
    • Anatomy of a 12-Lead
  • Utilizing a Systematic Approach
  • Normal vs. Abnormal
    • P Waves
    • QRS
    • T Waves
    • ST Segment
  • Clues to Determining Right & Left Bundle Branch Blocks
  • Determining QRS Axis & Deviation
  • R-Wave Progression

Life-Threatening EKG Changes: Clues from the 12-Lead

  • 5-Step Method for Finding Myocardial Ischemia & Injury
  • Spectrum of Coronary Artery Ischemia
  • STEMI and NSTEMI – What’s the Difference

Acute Coronary Syndromes: Diagnosis & Current Management Guidelines

  • Cardiac Labs
  • EKG Identification of Infarct Location
  • Management Guidelines: Identifying the Differences
    • STEMI
    • NSTEMI


  1. Employ proper technique for measuring jugular vein distention (JVD).
  2. Contrast systolic and diastolic murmurs by where they fall in the S1/S2 cardiac cycle.
  3. List 3 benefits of beta blockers in a patient with coronary artery disease.
  4. Identify benefits for patients using blood thinners in atrial fibrillation that is not related to valve dysfunction.
  5. Differentiate findings on the 12-lead EKG to determine if a patient has axis deviation and what health care issues that may identify.
  6. Evaluate findings in common cardiac labs, such as CKMB, Troponin, BNP/Pro-BNP levels.
  7. Recognize 2 tools of recognition and 4 rapid interventions for patients experiencing Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
Copyright : 02/11/2016

Cardiac Disorders & Diagnostics


Program Information


  1. Explain the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure using a simple hand gesture to recognize ventricular dysfunction for each.
  2. Simulate heart failure using the American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology tool and identify intervention goals for each stage.
  3. Compare and contrast the use of the Impella device and intra-aortic balloon pumps in severe cardiac impairment.
  4. Employ a simple monitoring technique to help differentiate if the patient is having an atrial dysrhythmia or not.
  5. Identify EKG clues to patients having aberrant pathways.
  6. Breakdown Takotsubo as a type of dilated cardiomyopathy and state interventions to bridge that diagnosis to a return of normal ventricular function.
  7. Recognize changes in Hypothermia Protocol and lessons that have been learned through the years to achieve better outcomes.


The Failing Heart: HF Diagnosis & Current Management Priorities

  • Systolic vs. Diastolic Heart Failure
  • Classification Systems
  • Medication Management
  • Biventricular Pacing & Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
  • Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump & Impellas

Fast & Slow Dysrhythmias

  • Choosing Your Monitor Leads Wisely
  • Using the Lewis Lead
  • Identifying AV Passive & Active Tachycardias
  • Identifying Aberrant Pathways
  • Atrial Fibrillation with WPW
  • AV Node Re-entry Tachycardia
  • Mono and Polymorphic V-Tachs
  • Heart Blocks

Cardiomyopathies & Channelopathies

  • Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathies
    • Diluted
    • Hypertrophic
    • Arrhythmogenic
  • Takotsubo Syndrome
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • LQTS & Other Channelopathies

MI Mimics

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
  • LBBB & Ventricular Paced Rhythms
  • Pericarditis
  • Early Repoloarization
  • Prinzmetal (Variant) Angina
  • Hypo & Hyperkalemia
  • Hypothermia Protocol
    • Updates & New Changes

Copyright : 02/12/2016