Chest pain is a common complaint in the emergency department and requires meticulous history, exam and work-up. While chest pain may be due to non-cardiac complaints such as pulmonary embolism, the healthcare team must correctly identify when a patient is experiencing or at risk of developing acute coronary syndrome. Coronary computed tomography angiography and coronary artery calcium scoring are two non-invasive tests, which can help identify plaque in low-and intermediate-risk patients, and subsequently direct care as needed. There are nursing considerations specific to both these tests including obtaining pulse and blood pressure, administering medications, obtaining IV access and performing a history and exam.
This course is geared toward nurses interested in learning more about cardiac imaging for complaints of chest pain in the emergency department with a focus on computer tomography angiography.
The purpose of this article is to educate nurses about the use of computed tomography angiography in the evaluation of acute chest pain.
- Name some types of cardiac imaging including the two cardiac computed tomography focused on in this article
- Describe the benefits of coronary computed tomography vs. more invasive testing
- Explain the nursing care for a patient receiving advanced cardiac testing.
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