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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 10 Contact Hours (2 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE
Peer Reviewer(s): Andrea K. Robinson, ACNP
Item#: N1745
Contents: 1 Course Book
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Chronic Cardiovascular Conditions

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Item # N1745
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Release Date: January 19, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Because of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to aid in its reduction. Recognizing patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and taking the initiative to educate patients of the behavioral and nonbehavioral cardiovascular risk factors can enhance other primary prevention strategies aimed to control the prevalence of the disease. In addition to nursing education used as a primary prevention strategy, nurses must also be aware of secondary prevention therapies aimed to minimize the burdens of known disease and complications associated with cardiovascular disease.

This course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients at risk for or who already have cardiovascular disease and chronic cardiovascular conditions. This course discusses nursing management associated with hypertension and hyperlipidemia and the pathophysiological processes associated with coronary heart disease and angina. Therapeutic strategies are discussed. 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1724 - Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care.

Course Objectives

  • Describe nursing management for patients with hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
  • Identify pathophysiologic processes associated with coronary heart disease and angina.
  • Describe the pathophysiology and current therapeutic strategies for patients with cardiomyopathies.
  • Describe nursing management for patients with chronic heart failure.
  • Describe the nurse’s role in the collaborative management of patients with chronic heart failure secondary to valvular disorders.
  • Discuss the implications for the current management strategies of atrial fibrillation.
  • Describe nursing management for patients with diseases of the aorta and peripheral vasculature.
  • Describe the indications for cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators and the impact of these devices on patients.


Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Nurse Practitioner program at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans (LSUH-NO) School of Nursing (SON). She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing after successfully implementing her DNP project titled, Preventing Oversedation in the Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adult via a Multiprofessional Implementation of the RASS Tool, within a 430-bed community hospital. Her DNP concentrated in Nursing Education and AGACNP practice. Dr. Fowler has more than 16 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) with specialty certification as a Critical Care RN. Dr. Fowler has received multiple local and state-wide awards recognizing her expertise in nursing education and critical care nursing. She serves as an active member and is on the board of multiple state and regional nursing and medical organizations in pursuit of the advancement of nursing practice and the profession in general.


Andrea K. Robinson, ACNP, is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, working in Cardiac Electrophysiology, and she is the Advanced Practice Clinical Coordinator of the Left Atrial Appendage Management Clinic. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and graduated from the College of Nursing from The Ohio State University. Her Master of Science in Nursing was received from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Andrea serves as a Cardiovascular Team Council member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is on the Board of Directors for PODEMOS, a nonprofit international medical outreach brigade. She has special interests in stroke risk reduction in atrial fibrillation and preventative medicine in cardiology.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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