Ch 6: Understanding Heart Disease & Failure

About This Chapter

Learn or review the fundamentals of heart disease and failure with this useful study guide resource. The chapter contains bite-sized lessons and quizzes that can help you improve your heart disease/failure knowledge for certification exams, class projects, homework and more.

Understanding Heart Disease & Failure - Chapter Summary

If you need to better understand basic information about heart disease and heart failure, you're in the right place. This self-paced chapter offers easy-to-understand lessons about the causes, symptoms and treatments of heart failure and various types of cardiomyopathy. These lessons are short and engaging, and when you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the symptoms and treatments of dilated, hypertrophic, idiopathic and restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Describe the etiology of left heart failure
  • Evaluate right heart failure treatments

The chapter includes short and interactive quizzes to help you retain important medical terminology and treatment procedures. Your course dashboard keeps track of your progress throughout the chapter, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. You can also access these resources any time using your computer or mobile device.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: Understanding Heart Disease & Failure
Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, & Prognosis

1. 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

2. 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.

Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy: Definition & Treatment

3. Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy: Definition & Treatment

Idiopathic cardiomyopathy is a disease that affects the heart. It causes the chambers of the heart to enlarge and decreases muscle contractions. This lesson will discuss idiopathic cardiomyopathy and how it is treated.

Restrictive Cardiomyopathy: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

4. Restrictive Cardiomyopathy: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

This lesson defines restrictive cardiomyopathy. You'll learn exactly what happens during this disease, what its causes might be, as well as some of the major signs and symptoms of the disorder.

Heart Failure: The Left Heart, Lungs, & Etiology

5. Heart Failure: The Left Heart, Lungs, & Etiology

In this first of two lessons, we will cover the main causes, signs, and symptoms of heart failure. We'll also explore the ways that the left side of the heart and the lungs are affected by this condition.

Heart Failure: The Right Heart, Kidneys, & Treatments

6. Heart Failure: The Right Heart, Kidneys, & Treatments

In the second of two lessons on heart failure, we will discuss the signs of right-sided heart failure, fast heart rates, the important role the kidneys play in heart failure, and the major treatment options for this condition.

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