Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Fall 2014

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Heart Disease, Case Studies

Subject Categories

Cardiovascular Diseases | Medical Pathology | Nursing


It has been noted that women often place their own health care on the bottom of their priority lists. Many times, they ignore simple pain and dismiss symptoms that may be troubling to health care providers. Health care providers especially to young women may dismiss complaints of chest pain as heartburn or anxiety. Changes seen in pregnancy and with menses can mimic some of these same complaints. As both an female professional in health care and as a patient it is very easy to get busy with the day and not recognize simple signs and symptoms that may lead to serious health conditions. It is for this reason the topic of spontaneous coronary artery dissection in women. Reminding the provider to take the time to listen to the patient as well as themselves and to follow through as it may be life saving.



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