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Ch 2: Acute & Chronic Heart Diseases & Conditions

About This Chapter

The term 'heart disease' covers a wide range of conditions, with variations in intensity and seriousness. Use this chapter to review acute and chronic heart diseases if you are preparing for nursing or health class studies or for professional certification/licensing exams.

Acute & Chronic Heart Diseases & Conditions - Chapter Summary

From manageable conditions to medical crises, this chapter addresses various types of acute and chronic heart conditions. You will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatments of each of these conditions or diseases.

Each lesson highlights specific terms and provides detailed examples to ensure that you fully understand this material. Once you complete your review of this short chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • List the causes of pericardical effusion
  • Explain the signs and treatment options for cardiogenic shock
  • Describe hypertensive crisis symptoms
  • Discuss the causes and complications of dilated, hypertrophic, ischemic and takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Short, engaging video and text lessons take less than ten minutes to review and can be accessed at all times, from any device. Use a short online contact form to reach out to instructors with any questions about this material. Track your progress on your Dashboard and take self-assessment quizzes to determine your readiness in moving from one lesson to the next.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Acute & Chronic Heart Diseases & Conditions
Pericardial Effusion: Causes & Treatment

1. Pericardial Effusion: Causes & Treatment

Can the heart swing inside of your body? Maybe. You'll find out for sure in this lesson as we take a look at the pericardium, pericardial effusion, and cardiac tamponade!

Cardiogenic Shock: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

2. Cardiogenic Shock: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, we will take a look at something known as shock, define it, and look at a particular form of it known as cardiogenic shock. We'll discuss what may trigger it, what it does to the body, how the body tries to compensate for it, and how it may be treated.

Hypertensive Crisis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

3. Hypertensive Crisis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Did you know that there are two types of hypertensive crises? Learn more about hypertensive crisis, its causes, symptoms, and treatment. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, & Prognosis

4. Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, & Prognosis

We will go over an important medical condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy, why it occurs pathologically, what it does to the body physiologically, and how compensatory mechanisms help and hurt the body in this lesson.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

5. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

This lesson will discuss hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and cardiac hypertrophy in general, including what occurs, what the consequences are, and what treatment options exist.

Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

6. Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

There are numerous kinds of heart problems and this lesson is going to go over the causes, signs, and symptoms of one of them. It's called ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

7. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

This lesson will explore takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition which has been called 'broken-heart syndrome' because of its connection with deeply felt personal losses. Here we explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment of the disease as well as its diagnostic origin.

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