Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

Summer 2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan, PhD, DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, APRN-CNS

Keywords

Myocardial infarction, Heart attack, Ischemia, Coronary artery disease, Cardiovascular disease, Atherosclerosis

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Myocardial infarction (MI) is a life threatening condition that causes irreversible damage and necrosis of the myocardium due to prolonged ischemia (Davies, 2016). Myocardial ischemia is often a result of coronary artery disease that develops through a process called atherosclerosis (Andrus et al., 2015). It is estimated that every 40 seconds a person in the United States suffers from a myocardial infarction (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). Healthcare providers have the opportunity to decrease the incidence of MI through primary prevention. Educating patients on the importance of modifying risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and hypertension requires an extensive knowledge of the pathophysiologic processes that lead to a MI. This poster discusses the pathophysiology and nursing implications of myocardial infarction. Risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment options are also identified.

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