Cardiac Nursing: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease

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Cardiac Nursing: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease is the only comprehensive text available for cardiac nurses. This brand-new reference emphasizes both evidence-based practice and hands-on care in a high-tech, high-touch approach that meets the high-stakes needs of cardiac and critical care nurses. What's more, the book makes the material easily accessible by using clear language, straightforward text, and plenty of illustrations, lists, and tables. This book is the third in a series of companion texts for Braunwald's Heart Disease and the first specifically for nurses.
  • Authored by the widely published, well-known co-editors of The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing--two leaders in cardiac nursing.
  • Endorsed by the authors of Braunwald's Heart Disease, including Eugene Braunwald, the physician considered by many to be the "father of modern cardiology."
  • Evidence-based Practice boxes highlight research-supported advances in knowledge and care practices.
  • Conundrum boxes helps readers hone their critical thinking skills by tackling tough questions for which there may be no easy answers.
  • Technology boxes keeps readers up to date with the latest technological advances.
  • Genetics boxes helps readers understand connections between genes and heart disease.
  • Pharmacology tables present important drug-related information at a glance.
  • A guide to cardiac abbreviations and acronyms gives nurses quick access to essential information.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mary B Arth, BSN, MSEd (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: The editors state that due to the shortage of cardiologists and increasing role of nurses in cardiac care, this companion to Braunwald was needed. The book offers up-to-date information for all levels and specialties of nursing including staff nurses, educators, and advanced practice nurses. It is organized into six sections all authored by experts in their fields.
Purpose: This "was written and developed to give nurses the knowledge and skills needed to deliver the highest quality, most up-to-date, and most comprehensive cardiac care possible." Nurses are more specialized in their fields and need a resource that is written by nurse scientists and clinical experts.
Audience: The book provides knowledge and skills for cardiac nurses at the bedside, graduate students, advanced practice nurses, hospice or community nurses. I agree with the author that any nurse needing a resource on cardiology will find the most up-to-date, evidence-based information in this book. Both editors are recognized internationally as leaders in cardiac nursing.
Features: The six sections cover the foundations of cardiac care, the roles and skills of the various practitioners who work to improve patient outcomes, risk factors, cardiac conditions, evidence-based practice, and finally interactions between the heart and other body systems such as in diabetes or renal disease. Most impressive are the numerous current references in every chapter. Each author evaluates and summarizes important studies related to the topic.
Assessment: I have not seen any other book that is as up-to-date and includes such a variety of important, evidence-based cardiovascular information. The credentials of the editors and authors are impressive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416029342
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/22/2007
  • Series: Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1440
  • Sales rank: 1,065,477
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of Cardiac Care

1. Cardiac Nursing Today: Evidence-Based Practice

2. Epidemiology of Coronary Artery Disease

3. Epidemiology of Heart Failure

4. Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System

5. Cardiovascular Physiology: The Myocardium

6. Adaptations to and During Exercise

7. Regulation of Blood Pressure and Cardiac Output

8. Systemic and Pulmonary Circulation

9. Inflammation

10. Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis

11. Central and Autonomic Nervous System and the Heart

12. Nutrition

13. Genetic and Environmental Basis of Cardiac Disease

14. Impact of Aging on Cardiac Function

15. Impact of Cardiac Disease on Psychological State

16. Impact of Cardiac Disease on the Family

17. Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Cardiac Disease

18. Impact of Cardiac Disease on Sexuality

Part II: Core Competencies of Clinicians Practicing Across the Continuum of Care

19. Multidisciplinary Versus Interdisciplinary Care

20. Nurses in the Emergency Department

21. Nurses in Intensive Care

22. Nurses in Telemetry and Step-Down

23. Perioperative Nursing Care

24. Nurses in Outpatient Clinics

25. Cardiac Rehabilitation

26. Nurses in Home Care

27. Nurses in Hospice and Palliative Care

28. Nurses in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

29. Nurse’s Role in Exercise Testing and Noninvasive Imaging

30. Contributions of Clinical Pharmacologists

31. Contribution of Clinical Psychologists

Part III: Risk Factor Modification in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention

32. Primary Prevention in Childhood

33. Smoking

34. Dyslipidemia

35. Hypertension

36. Obesity

37. Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

38. Sedentary Lifestyle

39. Stress

40. Impact of Depression on Cardiac Disease

41. Impact of Anxiety on Cardiac Disease

42. Relationship Between Social Support and Cardiac Disease

43. Emerging and Novel Risk Factors

Part IV: Cardiac Conditions

44. Nursing Assessment in the Inpatient Setting

45. Nursing Assessment in the Outpatient Setting

46. Electrocardiography: Normal ECG

47. Electrocardiography: Abnormal ECG

48. Dysrhythmia Monitoring and Recognition

49. ST-Segment Monitoring

50. Hemodynamic Monitoring

51. Patient Delay in Seeking Treatment for Cardiac Symptoms

52. Women and Cardiovascular Disease

53. Chest Pain

54. Dyspnea

55. Fatigue

56. Pathophysiology of Acute Coronary Syndrome

57. Care of Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome

58. Care of Patients Undergoing Fibrinolytic Therapy and Percutaneous Coronary

59. Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction

60. Care of Patients with Sudden Death, Cardiac Arrest, and Life-Threatening

61. Care of Patients with Implanted Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices

62. Pathophysiology of Heart Failure

63. Care of Patients with Acute Heart Failure

64. Care of Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

65. Care of Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

66. Care of Patients with Circulatory Assist Devices

67. Care of Patients Undergoing Cardiac Transplantation

68. Care of Patients with Cardiac Trauma

69. Care of Patients with Acquired Valvular Heart Disease

70. Care of Children with Heart Disease

71. Care of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

72. Care of Patients with Cardiomyopathies and Myocarditis

73. Care of Patients with Endocarditis

74. Care of Patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease

75. Care of Patients with Pericardial Diseases

76. Care of Patients with Stroke

Part V: Using Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Outcomes in Outpatient Settings

77. Management of Dyslipidemia

78. Management of Hypertension

79. Management of Heart Failure

80. Cardiac Rehabilitation

81. Home Health Care

82. Hospice and Palliative Care

83. Optimal Patient Education and Counseling

84. Promoting Adherence

Part VI: Interactions Between the Heart and Other Systems

85. Diabetes and the Cardiovascular System

86. Renal Disorders and the Cardiovascular System

87. Pulmonary Disorders and the Cardiovascular System

88. Neurological Disorders and the Cardiovascular System

89. Rheumatic Diseases and the Cardiovascular System

90. Pregnancy and the Cardiovascular System

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    The best resource I have.

    I work in a telemetry unit and I am studying for my PCCN certification. If there's a question I have, I can usually find it here.

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