Diagnosis And Treatment Of The American Heart Association

1726 Words Jan 5th, 2016 7 Pages
“According to the American Heart Association (AHA) affects nearly 5.7 million Americans and is responsible for more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined. It is the number 1 cause of hospitalization for Medicare patients. With improved survival of patients with acute myocardial infarction and with a population that continues to age, heart failure will continue to increase in prominence as a major health problem in the United States” (Dimitru, 2015,p. Epidemiology). I chose to report on this condition because my grandmother had lived with this condition undiagnosed for many years. I feel that early diagnosis and treatment will lead to better outcomes. With the increasing number of cases each year it is important for the family nurse practitioner to diagnose and treat this chronic condition.
Patient Demographics Kim is a 53 year old woman who developed 6/10 (on a 0-10 pain scale) chest pain and shortness of breath in the airport after flying from Chicago, IL to Sioux Falls, SD. She was transported to the hospital by paramedics. She was alert and oriented with stable vital signs and oxygen saturation of 87%. Her electrocardiogram (EKG) showed normal sinus rhythm with no acute abnormalities; heart rate of 90. History included hypertension for 15 years, mild obesity, and hyperlipidemia. She has a 20-pack year history of smoking and no history of alcohol or illicit drug abuse. Her risk factors for coronary disease include hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and…
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