When caring for patients with cardiomyopathies, nurses must have a solid understanding of the various disease processes and complications associated with them. Strong assessment skills and supportive care are important aspects of nursing interventions. This course is designed to equip nurses with knowledge of various types of cardiomyopathies and their clinical manifestations, management strategies, and complications.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure
What are Cardiomyopathies?
Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure: The Connection
Types and Mechanisms of Heart Failure
Key Points to Remember
Section 3: Cardiomyopathy Classifications and Diagnostics
Primary and Secondary Cardiomyopathies
Risk Factors and Causes of Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Clinical Manifestations and Complications of Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Risk Factors and Causes of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Clinical Manifestations of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Risk Factors and Causes of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
Clinical Manifestations of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
Section 4: Cardiomyopathy Treatment and Management
Goals of treatment for Cardiomyopathy
Nursing Considerations for Treatment of Cardiomyopathies
Section 5: Nursing Care
Obtaining a Health History
Vital Signs and Oxygen Saturation
Heart and Breath Sounds
Level of Consciousness
Activity and the Environment
Breathing and Oxygenation
Coping and Support
Severe Heart Failure and Cardiogenic Shock
Section 6: Conclusion
Expert Reviewer: Susan Zhao, MD
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has experience across multiple healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR Staff and Charge Nurse; Director of School Health Services/School Nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection Control Practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as an acute care SME Writer in 2017 and Curriculum Designer in 2021, she provided consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas in 1989 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with an emphasis in healthcare administration.Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Dr. Susan Zhao graduated from the Normal University in Beijing, China with a BS in biology in 1995. She subsequently came to the United States to pursue post graduate training including a MS degree from Drexel University in 1997, followed by basic research at Rockefeller University. Following her passion for research, she went on to graduate magna cum laude with a MD from Harvard Medical School in 2005. Dr. Zhao completed her internal medicine internship and residency from Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008 and cardiology fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco in 2011.
Since joining the faculty at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 2011, Dr. Zhao has been highly regarded for her passion in teaching and mentorship and received the Excellence in Teaching faculty award in 2013. She is actively involved with clinical research in multiple areas including: functional tricuspid valve dysfunction due to chronic atrial fibrillation; the relationship between occult atrial fibrillation and cryptogenic stroke; cardiac manifestations of methamphetamine abuse, among others. Her work has resulted in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international conferences.Disclosure: Susan Zhao, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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