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Assessment and treatment of patients with acute unstable bradycardia

30 January 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Bradycardia is a slow heart rate that can lead to cardiac arrest or occur after initial resuscitation following cardiac arrest. This article provides information on...

Parents’ experiences of receiving an antenatal versus postnatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease

25 October 2018

Nursing Children and Young People


Background The time point at which parents receive a diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD) has changed over the years due in part to advances in fetal...

Mild induced hypothermia after return of spontaneous circulation

08 May 2015

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

There is evidence to suggest that the use of mild induced hypothermia (MIH) in patients who have had cardiac arrest can improve neurological prognosis and long-term...

Cardiovascular examination in emergency departments

09 April 2015

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

History taking and physical examination of patients who present with cardiac pain are not generally regarded as part of an emergency nurse’s role in the UK. However,...

Chronic heart failure: pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment

29 August 2014

Nursing Older People


Heart failure has significant prevalence in older people: the mean average age of patients with the condition is 77. It has serious prognostic and quality of life...

How to record a 12-lead electrocardiogram

20 April 2018

Nursing Standard

Rationale and key points Rationale and key points This article provides a step-wise, practical approach to recording a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and explores...

Early detection of inherited cardiac conditions in primary care

11 July 2018

Primary Health Care


Inherited cardiac conditions are a leading cause of sudden death in those under 40. A thorough family history taken in the primary care setting will enable early...

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...