Who’s in charge?

  As we begin our journey into the topic of women & heart disease, I’d like to set the tone.  Those of you who read faithfully, bear with me. As a new nurse, I was about to discharge one of my 1st patients from a busy med-surg floor.  Her MD (a rare one indeed) delivered her…

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Listen to your heart…

  In order to renew a license as a registered nurse, you are required (at least in the state of Illinois) to complete CEs.  This refers to continuing education.  While completing this requirement, a topic surfaced I confess, I thought little about–WOMEN & HEART DISEASE. As most of you know by now, my career has taken a…

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What’s in a number?

  Many of us assume when we see “the numbers,” they are absolute.  Blood pressure is indicative of this–it is expressed as systole/diastole; almost like a fraction.  Contraction/relaxation–in its simplest terms.  BMI is another example, and then there’s the scale. Now the latter two, particularly the scale, can be a major source of frustration.  Why? …

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