Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

Summer 7-30-2019

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan, Dr. Butz


aortic, stenosis, valve, pathophysiology, cardiac

Subject Categories

Anesthesiology | Critical Care Nursing | Family Practice Nursing | Geriatric Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Aortic stenosis is the narrowing of the aortic valve secondary to calcification and fibrosis. It is the most common valve disorder and the second most frequent reason for cardiac surgery. As the elderly population increases, the number of patients presenting with aortic stenosis will increase. RNs and APRNs need to be aware of the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of aortic stenosis because the disease can progress quickly and be fatal if mismanaged. Patients with aortic stenosis have an increased risk of morbidity and mortality during the peri-operative period during non-cardiac surgery. Therefore, CRNAs must remain vigilant when caring for this population.