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Coronary Heart Disease. NUR -224. Coronary Heart Disease. Affects 16 million people Causes more than 600,000 death annually Caused by impaired blood flow to the myocardium Accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries usual cause.

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coronary heart disease1
Coronary Heart Disease
  • Affects 16 million people
  • Causes more than 600,000 death annually
  • Caused by impaired blood flow to the myocardium
  • Accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries usual cause.
  • May be asymptomatic or may lead to angina pectoris, acute coronary care syndrome, myocardial infarction (MI/heart attack), dysrhythmias, heart failure and even sudden death
coronary atherosclerosis
Coronary Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis is the abnormal accumulation of lipid deposits within arterial walls and lumen.
  • In coronary atherosclerosis, blockages and narrowing of the coronary vessels reduce blood flow to the myocardium.
coronary heart disease2
Coronary Heart Disease

Risk Factors

  • age (over 50)
  • heredity
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • high serum cholesterol levels
  • hypertension
  • diabetes mellitus
angina pectoris
Angina Pectoris
  • Characterized by chest pain and usually precipitated by exercise and relieved by rest.
  • Myocardial oxygen needs are greater than partially occluded vessels can supply, myocardial cells become ischemic and shift to anaerobic metabolism 
  • produces lactic acid that stimulates the nerve endings in the muscle  pain
  • Pain subsides when oxygen supply meets myocardial demand.
angina pectoris1
Angina Pectoris
  • Chest pain  reduced coronary blood flow  temporary imbalance between myocardial blood supply and demand
  • This causes temporary/reversible myocardial ischemia.
  • More than 30 minutes of ischemia irreversibly damages myocardial cells (necrosis)
types of angina
Types of Angina
  • Stable angina
  • Unstable angina
  • Silent Ischemia
  • Variant angina (Prinzmetal’s angina)
stable angina
Stable Angina
  • Occurs with a predictable amount of activity or stress
  • Predictable and common
  • Occurs when the work of the heart is increased by physical exertion, exposure to cold, or by stress
  • Sensation may occur neck, jaw, shoulders
  • Lasts for few minutes – 5/15 minutes
  • Relieved by rest and/or nitrates
unstable angina
Unstable Angina
  • Occurs with increasing frequency, severity and duration
  • Pain is unpredictable and occurs with decreasing levels of activity or stress and may occur at rest.
  • Patients at risk for myocardial infarction
  • May not be relieved by NTG or rest
variant angina prinzmetal s
Variant Angina (Prinzmetal’s)
  • Atypical angina that occurs unpredictably
  • Caused by coronary artery spasm with/out atherosclerotic lesion
  • Often occurs at night
silent ischemia
Silent Ischemia
  • Occurs in the absence of any subjective symptoms (asymptomatic)
  • Patient reports no pain
  • May occur with either activity or mental stress
clinical manifestations
Clinical Manifestations
  • Chest pain
  • Precipitated by an identifiable event.
  • Classic sequence
  • Women frequently present with atypical symptoms of angina
angina pain
Angina Pain


  • Chest Pain
  • Quality
  • Associated manifestations
  • Atypical manifestations
  • Precipitating factors
  • Relieving factors
assessment diagnostic findings
Assessment/Diagnostic Findings
  • Past medical history/family history
  • Comprehensive description of chest pain
  • Presence of risk factors
  • Electrocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Cardiac Angiography
medical management
Medical Management
  • Focus on maintaining coronary blood flow and cardiac function
  • Measures to restore coronary blood flow (later)
  • Pharmacologic therapy

* nitrates

* beta blockers

* calcium channel blockers

* aspirin

  • SL NTG -> acute angina attacks (Buccal spray)
  • Acts within 1-2 minutes

Long acting nitroglycerin

  • Used to prevent attacks not treat an acute attack.
  • Headache, hypotension, nausea, dizziness
  • NTG, Nitrostat, Nitro-bid
  • Nursing Responsibilities
  • Patient Teaching
b adrenergic blockers
B –Adrenergic Blockers
  • Decrease myocardial contractility, HR, BP  which will reduce myocardial oxygen demand
  • Side effects  bradycardia, hypotension, wheezing, GI complaints.
  • Contraindicated for patient with asthma
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor), Atenolol(Tenormin), Carvedilol (Coreg)
beta blockers
Beta Blockers

Nursing Responsibilities

Patient Teaching

calcium channel blockers
Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Decrease the workload of the heart
  • Relax blood vessels  decrease BP and increase coronary perfusion
  • Potent coronary vasodilator
  • Amlodipine (Norvasc), Diltiazem(Cardizem), Felodipine (Plendil)
  • Used to treat Variant Angina
  • Prevent platelet aggregation/thrombus formation
  • Reduces the incidence of MI
  • 80-325 mg of aspirin as soon as dx. is made
  • If patient is taking Tylenol – should continue to take aspirin
  • GI upset – H2 blocker, PPI
nursing diagnosis
Nursing Diagnosis
  • Ineffective Cardiac Tissue Perfusion
  • Deficient Knowledge
  • Risk for Ineffective Therapeutic Regimen Management
acute coronary syndrome
Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Condition of unstable cardiac ischemia
  • Includes unstable angina and acute myocardial ischemia c/out significant injury of myocardial tissue
  • Coronary blood flow is acutely reduced, but not fully occluded. Myocardial cells are injured by the acute ischemia that results.
  • Most people have stenosis of one or more coronary arteries.
acute coronary syndrome1
Acute Coronary Syndrome

Cardinal manifestation

  • Chest pain – substernal/epigastric
  • Dyspnea
  • Diaphoresis
  • Pallor
  • Cool skin
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypotension
acute coronary care syndrome
Acute Coronary Care Syndrome


  • ECG
  • Cardiac Markers

*Cardiac muscle troponins (sensitive indicators

of myocardial damage)

* Creatine Kinase (CK) & CK-MB (specific to

myocardial muscle)

  • Reduce myocardial ischemia
  • Reduce risk for blood clotting
  • Nitrates
  • Beta blockers
  • Antiplatelet (po/IV)
oral antiplatelet medication
Oral Antiplatelet -Medication
  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Ticlopidine (Ticlid)
  • Suppress platelet aggregation, prevents the development of thrombus.
  • Nursing responsibilities
  • Patient Education
iv antiplatelet
IV Antiplatelet
  • Tirofiban (Aggrastat)
  • Eptifibatide (Integrilin)
  • IV antiplatelets more effective than oral administered meds but the risk of bleeding is greater
  • Prevents the formation of new clots
  • Reducers the occurrence of MI
  • IV bolus/then continuous infusion
  • Infusion based on PTT – 2-2.5 times the normal PTT value (25-35 sec.)
  • LMWH – Lovenox/Fragmin
  • All increase the risk of bleeding : bleeding precautions
revascularization procedures
Revascularization Procedures
  • Several procedures may be used to restore blood flow and oxygen to ischemic tissue.

Nonsurgical techniques:

  • percutaneous coronary revascularization
  • coronary atherectomy
  • intracoronary stents
  • coronary artery bypass graft (surgical procedure may be used)
percutaneous coronary revascularization
Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization

Is recommended for patients:

  • Fail medical management
  • Have left main coronary artery/three vessel disease
  • Are not candidates for PCI
  • Have failed PCI with ongoing chest pain
percutaneous coronary intervention
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Goal: open the affected artery within 90 minutes of arrival to a facility


  • Alternative to surgical intervention
  • Performed with local anesthesia
  • Patient is ambulatory 24 hours after the procedure
  • Hospital stay shorter
  • Patient can return to work
percutaneous coronary revascularization1
Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization
  • A balloon-tipped catheter is threaded over the guide wire
  • Balloon is inflated for about 30 sec.-2 minutes to compress the plaque against the arterial wall
  • The stent is then placed over a balloon catheter and expanded as the balloon is inflated
  • It remains in the artery when the balloon is removed.
percutaneous coronary intervention1
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Post procedure care:

  • Assess vital signs
  • Bedrest/ flat in bed
  • Affected leg straight
  • Pressure dressing applied
  • Monitor for bleeding/hematoma
  • Resume self-care activities/ambulation few hours after procedure
  • Remove plaque from the identified lesion
  • Catheter shaves the plaque off vessels walls using a rotary cutting head - retaining the fragments in it compartment and removing them from the vessel.
  • Rotation catheter pulverize the plaque into particles small enough to pass through the coronary microcirculation.
  • Involves using a section of a vein /artery to create a connection (bypass) between the aorta and the coronary artery beyond construction.
  • This allows blood to perfuse the ischemic portion of the heart.
  • Internal mammary artery in the chest/saphenous vein from the leg are the vessels most commonly used.
cabg surgery
CABG Surgery
  • Internal mammary artery – is commonly used.
  • Remains palliative treatment and not a cure.
  • Improves quality of life/patient outcomes
  • Postoperative complications/mortality increase as a function of age.
  • Women have a higher mortality rate than men
patient teaching
Patient teaching
  • Lifestyle changes and reduction of risk factors
  • Explore, recognize, and adapt behaviors to avoid to reduce the incidence of episodes of ischemia
  • Teaching regarding disease process
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Stress reduction
  • When to seek emergency care
myocardial infarction
Myocardial Infarction
  • An area of the myocardium is permanently destroyed  necrosis of the myocardial cells. If circulation to the affected myocardium is not promptly restored , the heart loses the ability to maintain effective cardiac output.
  • Life-threatening event
  • May lead to cardiogenic shock and death
myocardial infarction1
Myocardial Infarction
  • Annually 785,000 experience their first MI
  • Majority of deaths from MI occur during the initial period after symptoms begin:

60% within the first hour

40% prior to hospitalization

  • Medical treatment and training in CPR are vital to decrease deaths due to MI.
myocardial infarction2
Myocardial Infarction
  • The area of infarction develops over minute to hours.
  • Cellular ischemia  affects conduction and myocardial contractility
  • Myocardial contractility decreases, increasing the risk for dysrhythmias, subsequently reducing cardiac output, B/P, and tissue perfusion
myocardial infarction3
Myocardial Infarction
  • When a larger artery is compromised, collateral vessels connecting smaller arteries in the coronary system dilate to maintain blood flow to the cardiac muscle.
  • The degree of collateral circulation determines the extent of myocardial damage.
  • Occlusion of coronary artery without any collateral vessels  massive tissue damage and death
clinical manifestations1
Clinical Manifestations
  • Pain – sudden and usually not associated with activity
  • Women/older adults atypical chest pain, elevated BP & HR initially, then ↓’es
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dyspnea, shortness of breath
  • Anxiety , sense of impending doom
collaborative care
Collaborative Care


  • Relieve chest pain
  • Reduce the extent of myocardial damage
  • Maintain cardiovascular stability
  • Decrease cardiac workload
  • Prevent complications
assessment diagnostic findings1
Assessment/ Diagnostic Findings
  • ECG
  • Laboratory tests— serum cardiac biomarkers






laboratory tests
Laboratory Tests

Serum Cardiac Markers

  • Are proteins released into the blood from necrotic heart muscle
  • They occur after cellular death indicates cardiac damage
  • Creatine kinase (CK-MB) and troponin are measured to diagnose an MI.
serum cardiac markers
Serum Cardiac Markers

Creatine kinase (CK )

  • Important enzyme for cellular function
  • Found mainly in cardiac muscle (skeletal muscle/brain)
  • Begin to rise rapidly with damage to these tissues at about 4/6 hours after an MI , peak at about 12/24 hours and return to normal within 36/48 hours
  • CK correlates with the size of the infarction
serum cardiac markers1
Serum Cardiac Markers


  • Subset of CK specific to cardiac muscle
  • Most sensitive indicating of MI
  • Elevated CK –alone is not specific for MI
  • Elevated CPK-MB  positive indicator of MI
  • Does not normally rise with chest pain from angina or other causes other than MI
serum cardiac markers2
Serum Cardiac Markers


  • Regulates the myocardial contractility process
  • Proteins released during myocardial infarction – are sensitive indicators of myocardial damage.
  • Necrosis of cardiac muscle, troponins are released and blood levels rise.
  • Is a highly cardiac specific indicator of an MI
  • Increases with 4-6 hours during an acute MI, remains elevated for a long period -- 3 weeks
serum cardiac markers3
Serum Cardiac Markers


  • Helps transport oxygen
  • Found in cardiac and skeletal muscle
  • Levels start to increase within 1-3 hours of symptom onset return to normal within 24 hours after onset of symptoms.
  • Is one of the first cardiac markers to appear after MI, it lacks cardiac specificity.
  • Kidneys rapidly excrete it in urine  blood levels return to normal range within 24 hours.
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Dysrhythmias and cardiac arrest
interdisciplinary care
Interdisciplinary Care

Immediate treatment goals for the MI

  • Relieve the chest pain
  • Reduce the extent of myocardial damage
  • Decrease the cardiac workload
  • Prevent complications
treatment of acute mi
Treatment of Acute MI
  • Obtain diagnostic tests including ECG within 10 minutes of admission to the ED
  • Oxygen
  • Aspirin, nitroglycerin, morphine, beta-blockers

fibrinolytic therapy

  • Revascularization Procedures
  • As indicated: IV heparin, LMWH
  • Bed rest
nursing interventions
Nursing Interventions
  • Pain stimulates the SNS, increasing cardiac work. Pain relief is a priority.

Acute Pain

  • Assess for verbal and nonverbal signs of pain
  • Administer oxygen2-5L/min via nasal cannula
  • Promote physical and psychologic rest
  • Titrate IV nitroglycerin as ordered
  • Administer morphine by IV push for chest pain as needed
nursing interventions1
Nursing Interventions

Ineffective Tissue Perfusion

  • Assess and document vital signs
  • Assess for changes in LOC
  • Auscultate heart and breath sounds
  • Monitor ECG Administer antidysrhythmic medications
  • Monitor oxygen saturation
nursing interventions2
Nursing Interventions


  • Acknowledge the client’s perception of the situation
  • Encourage questions/ provide consistent, factual answers
  • Encourage self-care
  • Administer anti-anxiety medications as ordered
  • Teach non-pharmacologic methods
heart failure1
Heart Failure
  • Complex syndrome resulting from cardiac disorders that impair the ventricles’ ability to fill and effectively pump blood
  • Inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood to meet the metabolic demands of the body.
  • 5.7 million people in the US have heart disease.
  • HF is increasing in incidence and prevalence.
  • Primarily a disease of older adults.
  • HF is associated with high morbidity/mortality rates
heart failure2
  • Heart failure develops  cardiac output falls  decrease in tissue perfusion.
  • Is a disorder of cardiac function
  • Hypertension and CHD are the leading causes of heart failure
  • The prognosis for the client with heart failure depends on the underlying cause and how effectively the precipitating factors can be treated.
  • Most clients with heart failure die within 8 years of the diagnosis.
  • Ejection fraction – provides information about the (L) ventricle during systole. Normal 55-65%.
  • Decrease cardiac output activation of compensatory mechanisms neurohormonal response decrease in renal perfusion & increase vasoconstriction  sodium and water retention  fluid overload increase the workload of the heart
  • CAD and advancing age are the primary risk factors for HF
  • CAD is found in more than 60% of patients
  • Other factors: hypertension, diabetes, cigarette smoking, obesity,
manifestations of heart failure
Manifestations of Heart Failure
  • CHD/hypertension are common causes of

L-sided heart failure whereas R- heart failure caused by conditions that restrict blood flow to the lungs (acute/chronic pulmonary disease).

Left sided heart failure can lead to right sided heart failure.

classification of heart failure
Classification of Heart Failure

Left-sided heart failure

  • Most common form of HF
  • LV cannot pump blood effectively to the systemic circulation. Pulmonary venous pressures increase and result in pulmonary congestion with dyspnea, cough, crackles, and impaired oxygen exchange.
  • This increase pulmonary pressure  pulmonary congestion and edema
types of heart failure
Types of Heart Failure

Manifestation of L-sided heart failure result from pulmonary congestion (backward effects) and decreased cardiac output (forward effects).

  • Fatigue and activity intolerance
  • Dizziness and syncope
  • Pulmonary congestion
  • Cyanosis
  • Rales/wheezing
types of heart failure1
Types of Heart Failure

Right sided heart failure

  • Causes a back up of blood to the ( R) atrium
  • RV cannot eject sufficient amounts of blood into the pulmonary circulation  blood backs up in the venous system.
  • Increase venous pressure causes abdominal organs to become congested /peripheral edema develops
  • This results in peripheral edema, ® upper quadrant pain, ascites, anorexia, nausea, weakness, and weight gain.
multisystem effects of heart failure
Multisystem Effects of Heart Failure
  • Neurologic
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Integumentary
  • Metabolic
diagnostic studies
Diagnostic Studies
  • BNP levels – key diagnostic indicator of HF
  • Serum electrolytes
  • Liver function tests
  • Echocardiogram
  • Chest x-ray
  • Electrocardiogram
heart failure3
Heart Failure

Hemodynamics Monitoring

  • Used to assess cardiovascular function in the critically/unstable client and evaluate their interventions
  • Hemodynamic parameters  heart rate, arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary pressure and cardiac output
management of heart failure
Management of Heart Failure
  • Eliminate or reduce etiologic or contributory factors.
  • Reduce the workload of the heart by reducing afterload and preload.
  • Optimize all therapeutic regimens.
  • Prevent exacerbations of heart failure.
  • Medications are routinely prescribed for heart failure.
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers
  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Digitalis
  • Other medications
other treatment
Other Treatment
  • Surgery
  • Circulatory assistance
  • Cardiac transplantation
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring

Compensatory Mechanism

  • Hepatomegaly/splenomegaly
  • Dysrhythmias
  • Pulmonary problems
nursing interventions3
Nursing interventions
  • Decreased Cardiac Output
  • Excess Fluid Volume
  • Activity Intolerance
  • Diet
acute coronary syndrome2
  • ACS  occurs when ischemia is prolonged and not immediately reversible resulting in myocardial cell death .
  • The spectrum of ACS encompasses: unstable angina(UA), non-ST-segment-elevation MI (NSTEMI), ST-segment-evaluation MI (STEMI).