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Nursing Pathophysiology Term Paper 1st Year

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Pathophysiology Paper
Disorder: Coronary Artery Disease
First Year Nursing School Medical/Surgical

Diagnoses: “Coronary artery disease (CAD), and abnormal condition that may affect the heart’s arteries and produce various pathologic effects, especially the reduced flow of oxygen and nutrients to the myocardium. The most common kind of coronary artery disease is coronary atherosclerosis.” (Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary, 2002, p.434)
Risk Factors: “Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of CAD and is linked to may risk factors- primarily elevated serum cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, and cigarette smoking. Blood levels of cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins have been associated with increased risk of CAD. Hypertension places chronic stress on the blood vessels and may initiate plaque deposition. Other risk factors include heredity, obesity, lack of physical activity, stress and diabetes mellitus.” (Sommers, M., Johnson, S., 2002, p.265)
The client has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and high cholesterol…….


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