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Obesity risk: importance of the waist-to-height ratio

17 June 2009

Nursing Standard


This article reviews the benefits and limitations of some of the different anthropometric measures to assess the health risks of obesity. Those covered are the body...

Use of statins to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults

29 May 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

The relationship between serum cholesterol and cardiovascular disease is well established. Primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular events involves the use...

An overview of communication, movement and perception difficulties after stroke

30 May 2014

Nursing Older People


For many people who have had a stroke, weakness or paralysis on one side - hemiparesis or hemiplegia - is the most obvious symptom. However, brain damage, including...

Preventing amputation in adults with diabetes: identifying the risks

03 June 2015

Nursing Standard


Good management of diabetes can reduce the risk of complications of the disease. When not well managed, diabetes is associated with the complications of heart...

Deep vein thrombosis: diagnosis and treatment

22 January 2014

Nursing Standard


This article aims to give nurses an insight into proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is relatively common and is associated with significant morbidity and...

Identifying and differentiating stroke and stroke mimics

18 February 2019

Nursing Standard


Stroke mimics are common differential diagnoses of stroke. This article describes common stroke mimics and their presentations. It provides nurses with an overview...

Nursing patients with acute aortic dissection in emergency departments

09 April 2019

Emergency Nurse

evidence and practice

Acute aortic dissection is an emergency condition that is often missed during initial assessment. Delay in diagnosis increases mortality, but the presentation can...

Diagnosis and management of patients with atrial fibrillation

26 April 2018

Nursing Standard

Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia and is the most frequent arrhythmia experienced by older people. It is caused by chaotic electrical activity in...

Cerebral aneurysm and aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage

23 April 2014

Nursing Standard


A cerebral aneurysm is a weak or thin spot on a blood vessel in the brain that swells and fills with blood. Rupture of a cerebral aneurysm, known as aneurysmal...

Non-medical prescribing: a reflective case study on prescribing anticoagulation for deep vein thrombosis

20 March 2019

Emergency Nurse


Prescribing is a high-risk, complex skill. There are more than 50,000 nurse prescribers in the UK, and it is important that they undertake regular reflection on...