Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr John Chovan, Dr Sue Butz


Atrial Fibrillation, Arrhythmia, Stroke, Pathophysiology, Irregular heart beat

Subject Categories

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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Nursing Commons



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