Welcome to Episode 130 of the Nursing Show

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News–

Heart Risk Factors Common in US

Expensive Heart Screenings- Not Worth It

Arrhythmia Linked to Alzheimer’s

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Tip of The Week- Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia. In this case, rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the atria, the two upper chambers of the heart, to contract very rapidly. To better understand how atrial fibrillation happens, nurses and nursing students should brush up on their knowledge in cardiac anatomy and how electrical conduction in the heart works.

The incidence of this condition becomes more common with age. Atrial fibrillation can be caused by alcohol use, CHF, CAD, heart surgery, hypertension, pericarditis, medications and valvular heart disease.

Nurses in floor observing patients with heart risks should suspect atrial fibrillation if the patient presents with palpitations, SOB while lying down, confusion, dizziness, light headedness, fainting and fatigue.

To better understand atrial fibrillation, RNs and nursing students can refer to the links below.

Medline Plus on Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

WebMD: Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Disease

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