Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written


Document Type


Course Number

Nurs 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan and Dr. Butz


Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke, Bleeding risks, Blood clot, Irregular heart beat, Anticoagulation

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


According to Shah (2013), Atrial Fibrillation is known as the most common irregular heart beat. Because atrial fibrillation causes a quivering motion of the atria, it causes pooling of blood in the atria. This pooling of blood can lead to the development of blood clots. When a patient develops blood clots, the blood clot can dislodge and cause a stroke. Atrial fibrillation is the leading cause of ischemic stroke and when a patient meets a certain criteria, anticoagulation should be initiated. The clinician should also be aware of the patient's risk for bleeding as this can complicate treatment in protecting a patient from stroke from the irregular heart beat, atrial fibrillation.

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Nursing Commons



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