What is it about?

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the UK. This systematic overview provides clear guidance for Advanced Practitioners on how to conduct a focused assessment and examination of the cardiovascular system.

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Why is it important?

Assessment of the cardiovascular system remains a significant challenge in clinical practice. The AP plays a vital role in identifying severe cardiac problems and using advanced diagnostic reasoning skills to order timely, correct studies and investigations. This action will ultimately prevent unnecessary examinations and hospital admissions.

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I have worked in cardiac care for 14yrs and conducting a cardiovascular assessment is not tricky but instead takes practice in integrating health history and physical examination effectively. With experience, you will develop the necessary skills to analyze the information collected, synthesize the data, deduce possible problems, and identify possible investigations/ treatments. I will always advise that if you come across something abnormal, even if you are not sure what it is, either solicit help from an experienced colleague or make a timely referral to a specialist center. I hope that AP will find this article informative.

Maleka Harcharran
University of Hertfordshire

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This page is a summary of: Assessment and examination of the cardiovascular system, Practice Nursing, March 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/pnur.2022.33.3.98.
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