Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Dr John Chovan, Dr Sue Butz
Atrial Fibrillation, Arrhythmia, Stroke, Pathophysiology, Irregular heart beat
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias. Patient can be either symptomatic or asymptomatic. Atrial fibrillation poses a high risk for the development of thromboembolitic stroke and heart failure along with other complications. Nursing provider must take a responsibility to educate the patient regarding the knowledge of disease and importance of adherence to medication and anticoagulants to ensure the quality of life. Understanding the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation is essential to treat a patient and also to estimate the lifetime risk of atrial fibrillation in various subgroups with one or multiple elevated or borderline-elevated risk factors might help to design preventive strategies (Staerk et al.., 2018).
Keywords Atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, irregular heartbeat, pathophysiology, stroke.
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