In this course, you will find discussions of Cardiac Anatomy and how to listen to heart sounds, as well as major disease processes such as Acute Coronary Syndromes (Angina, MI), Hypertension, Endocarditis, and Valve Disorders.
You will also find a detailed discussion of two complex disease processes – Heart Failure and Shock – presented in a way that will demystify and clarify the different types and how to manage each one competently and confidently.
The Cardiac course is so important in nursing as cardiac conditions are super common in patients! Through this course you will gain so much confidence in identifying cardiac related issues and symptoms in your patient.
In lesson 01.02, Cardiac Anatomy, you will not only gain the big picture of how blood makes its way through the heart but also through the rest of the body. You will be given key points to remember blood flow like arteries “away” and “heart-lungs-heart-body” as well as CheatSheets to practice the blood flow to the heart.
Lesson 01.06, Preload and Afterload, builds on the Hemodynamics course which defines factors like stroke volume which is determined by preload, afterload, and contractility. In this lesson you will gain an understanding of what preload, afterload, and contractility are, what causes each, and the symptoms that appear if they are too low or too high in the patient.
In lesson 03.02, Nursing Care and Pathophysiology for Heart Failure (CHF), you will be taught that heart failure is essentially pump failure and how exactly this is defined. The causes of pump failure are reviewed with the reasoning behind the cause. You will be able to identify the diagnostics involved for this issue, complications, and information on right-sided heart failure.