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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 10 Contact Hours (0.5 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Carolyn E. Sabo, RN, EdD
Peer Reviewer(s): Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CNE
Item#: N1756
Contents: 1 Course Book (184 pages)
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Women and Cardiovascular Disease, 3rd Edition

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Item # N1756
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Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: April 30, 2020


The realization that cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women cannot be fully explained using the historical reference of CVD in men has finally come to fruition. As healthcare professionals, we now understand that the concept of CVD in women is an independent field of research, study, and practice. Nursing practice has traditionally been based on evidence gained in studies related to men, and the literature shows a knowledge and application gap between clinicians’ assessment of CVD in female patients and recent and ongoing research demonstrating differences between its presentation in men and women. Increased emphasis on gaining knowledge specific to women with CVD is critical because this differentiation from men with the disease is often unfamiliar to practicing clinicians. Further, despite nursing programs that include specific information about CVD in women, a high percentage of practicing nurses are not aware of the latest knowledge and perceptions of cardiovascular disease in this population.

As nurses, we are in a position to share information about the risks of CVD, treatment options, and prevention strategies with women of all ages. This course will help nurses fill the gap in knowledge concerning CVD in women to ensure that nursing clinical practice and patient education programs are both current and evidence based. Education is the foundation for empowering women through self-care practices to reduce or eliminate the risk of developing CVD and to control existing disease. Nurses, among other healthcare professionals, have consistent direct contact with female patients, thus putting them in the best position to educate women on CVD.

Women and Cardiovascular Disease is written for all nurses who work with women, regardless of whether their practice includes women with cardiovascular disease. For those nurses whose practice includes direct care of women with cardiovascular disease, a stronger theoretical basis for understanding patient care is an expected continuing nursing education outcome. For those nurses whose practice does not include caring for women with cardiovascular disease, theoretical and practical aspects of caring for and teaching women about cardiovascular disease will be learned. The purpose of this course is to enable nurses to incorporate into their clinical practice evidenced-based information on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, treatment options, and prevention strategies for women who have or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.


Course Objectives

  • Describe cardiovascular disease in women and goals for reducing its prevalence.
  • Discuss the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in women.
  • Discuss modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease in women.
  • Discuss the primary pathophysiological processes and clinical manifestations of cardiovascular disease in women.
  • Describe the associated diseases and conditions related to cardiovascular disease, along with any unique symptoms in women.
  • Discuss the role of selected comorbidities and other factors in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease in women.
  • Discuss screening and diagnostic testing for women with cardiovascular disease.
  • Discuss treatment options for women with cardiovascular disease.
  • Discuss primary prevention strategies for women with or at risk for cardiovascular disease.


Carolyn E. Sabo, RN, EdD, received her baccalaureate degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on physiological nursing/cardiovascular clinical specialist from The University of Utah in 1979. She received her doctorate in educational leadership from Brigham Young University in 1985. Dr. Sabo is currently a professor of nursing and coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing. She has taught pathophysiology at the baccalaureate level and advanced pathophysiology at the graduate level for nurse practitioner students. She was formerly dean of the College of Health Sciences at UNLV. Dr. Sabo has published numerous journal articles for nurses in the areas of physiology and pathology, has presented scholarly papers at national and international conferences, and has contributed book chapters on physiology and pathophysiology. Her scholarly focus is on nursing education, women and cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and women and HIV.


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. 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 statewide awards recognizing her expertise in nursing education and critical care nursing.

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