Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 7-2016

Document Type

Project

Course Number

N5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan

Keywords

Angioedema, Reaction, ACE-Inhibitors, Swelling, Difficulty, Breathing

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Respiratory System | Tissues

Abstract

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) medications are one of the leading causes of angioedema in the United States, also known as ACEI-RA (Chan & Soliman, 2015). ACEI medications are frequently prescribed to help manage diseases, such as hypertension and congestive heart failure, and include, but are not limited to lisinopril and enalapril, with lisinopril being the most commonly prescribed at this time (Chan & Soliman, 2015). In addition, ACEIs are used to help prevent myocardial infarction, diabetic neuropathy, and a cerebrovascular accident (Chua, Ignaszewski, & Schwenger, 2011). There are several risk factors for developing ACEI-RA, with African-American females being the greatest at risk group and are “three times more likely to develop ACEI-RA” (Spencer, 2016, p. 41). The length of time taking an ACEI does not determine if or when angioedema will occur. Understanding the pathophysiology behind ACEI-RA is key to deciding a plan of care, in order to resolve the patient’s signs and symptoms, and to preventing possible intubation or tracheostomy placement.

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.