Cardiovascular Disease – Cardiovasular Emergencies And Red Flags [Part 2 of 3]

August 5, 20130 Comments

Cardiovascular Disease

CARDIOVASCULAR EMERGENCIES AND RED FLAGS PART TWO OF THREE

1 CEU credit

Table of Contents

1. CONTINUATION OF MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

a) Severity

b) The two major types: NSTEMI & STEMI

c) Lab tests

d) Acute coronary syndromes: STEMI, NSTEMI and unstable angina

e) Zones of pain

f) Recognize unstable angina HUGE RED FLAG

g) First aid

h) On physical exam most common findings

i) EKG examples

j) Case presentation CLASSIC VERSES ATYPICAL know the difference

k) Examples of more EKG’s and imaging studies

2. CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE-SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT.

Don’t worry I’ll walk you through right verses left sided failure and what they want you to know for the boards.

3. INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS

a) Major sites of infective endo spread

b) Splinter hemorrhages

c) Osler’s nodes

d) Janeway lesions

e) Case study

4. DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS

5. PULMONARY EMBOLIS

6. REVIEW CHART OF CARDIAC OUTPUT

7. FACTORS AFFECTING BLOOD FLOW Laminar verses turbulent

8. SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM BLOOD PRESSURE REGULATION

As you can see from the table of contents there are a handful of very common and super important diseases to be aware of. I always stress cardiac in my class because if you understand the heart almost everything else is secondary. Furthermore, heart disease, atherosclerosis, is the underlying root cause of 50% of all deaths. So it’s essential that we know about these diseases presented here. The key with heart attack is to be able to recognize an atypical presentation which happens in four patient populations which I will spell out to you as simply as I can and remember the history is often key here.

We also go over the classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Next I’ll spell out the differences between right and left sided heart failure so that it will finally be clear. It’s actually quite simple as you’ll see. Infective endocarditis is covered with lots of slides followed by DVT and PE. How and why these might develop and the signs and symptoms of these red flags. I end in a quick review of some basic physiology so that you can be more comfortable in your assessment of a possible unstable patient.

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Christopher Rasmussen MD, MS is Founder and Professor at AdaptiveTCM where helps Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners treat complex patients with confidence through providing online CEUs and research. Dr. Rasmussen is currently writing a comprehensive, preventive medicine book, with an emphasis on inflammatory components of disease prevalent in today's patients.

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