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In the US alone, it is estimated that more than 3 million individuals suffer from Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the age distribution ranges, from as young as 40;s to elderly. With the aging of the U.S. population, this number is expected to increase. Approximately 2% of people younger than age 65 have AFib, while about 9% of people aged 65 years or older have AFib. African Americans are less likely than those of European descent to have AFib.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Review the structure and functioning of the heart
- Explain AF about the heart’s electrical system
- Discuss who gets AF
- Review the symptoms of AF
- Review the tests that are done to diagnose AF
- Discuss the treatment options for AF
- Review nurses’ responsibilities for care
The content was very clear and concise. It really helped me understand atrial fibrillation without having to take too much of my time. One of the best courses I've taken
So, you are the RN working the night shift on the Progressive Care Unit of a local hospital, at 5:30 am, the monitor technician called to notify you that one of your patients is having a change in heart rhythm with a sustained heart rate of greater than 150 beats per minute. You immediately rushed to the room to find your patient is having trouble breathing, with an oxygen saturation of 88% on 2L of oxygen, patient’s skin cool to touch and clammy, and she tells you that she does not feel good and feels dizzy. The cardiologist was called, and the patient was immediately prepared for emergent synchronized electrical cardioversion.
This patient was admitted for dizziness and syncopal episode within the last 24 hours and is being monitored to determine the causative reason for her presenting symptoms.