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Coronary Artery Disease

Inservice Summary

Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis involve a chronic disease state characterized by stiff and rigid coronary arteries, and coronary plaques. Unhealthy levels of blood cholesterol and fats, poor lifestyle factors and certain modifiable and genetic risk factors cause atherosclerosis. Hypertension, and cigarette smoking are leading causes of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Gender, genetics, and modifiable lifestyle choices can contribute to coronary artery disease, a progressive disease where the affected individual can suffer from angina and be at higher risk of a sudden coronary event, including death. Certified nursing assistants can participate in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease by monitoring patient vital sign trends and any physical signs of distress, and by reporting serious concerns to an immediate supervisor when they are observed.

After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the causes and risk factors for coronary artery disease.
  • Identify the signs or symptoms of coronary artery disease that should be brought to a supervisor’s immediate attention.
  • Identify the major complications of coronary artery disease.

Inservice Outline

  • Introduction
  • Causes Of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors
  • Coronary Artery Disease Assessment Tools
  • The Significance Of Atherosclerosis
  • Complications Of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Treatment Of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Caring For Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

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