Category Archives: Cardiac

NCLEX Practice Question of the Day: Prioritization, Cardiac

A patient arrives at the emergency department complaining of mid-sternal chest pain. Which of the following nursing actions should take priority?

a. A complete history with emphasis on preceding events

b. An electrocardiogram (EKG)

c. Careful assessment of vital signs

d. Chest exam with auscultation

 

Answer in the comments.

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Medical-Surgical: Left versus Right Heart Failure

LEFT HEART FAILURE

  • left = “lungs” = respiratory symptoms
  • blood backs up into the lungs due to failure of the left side of the heart
  • classic symptoms: dyspnea, crackles in lungs

RIGHT HEART FAILURE

  • blood backs up into the periphery due to failure of the right side of the heart
  • classic symptoms: edema, jugular vein distention (JVD), hepatomegaly, splenomegaly
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