An Overview of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy
This course provides key information about genetic, systemic, and infectious disorders that can lead to arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Cardiac pathology and the role nurses play in patient care are the focal points of this online course.
Our understanding of the major risk factors of cardiovascular disease—such as diet, elevated blood pressure, high body mass index, increased total cholesterol, high fasting glucose level, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle—has increased, but little was known about arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) until recently. Because of the low prevalence of conditions that lead to ACM, many healthcare providers may not be familiar with managing the disease or identifying those at risk. In 2019, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) issued a comprehensive consensus report on ACM management. This article provides an overview of selected genetic (BrS, left ventricular noncompaction), systemic (sarcoidosis, cardiac amyloidosis), infiltrative (cardiac amyloidosis), and infectious (Chagas disease) disorders that can lead to ACM. Understanding conditions that can cause this disorder will help nurses educate and care for patients.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Compare the causes of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) as to pathophysiology, clinical course, and management.
- Discuss nursing implications for patients with ACM.
Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN; Chris Noah Hsiao, BSN, RN; and Navi Johal, BSN, RN, CEN, PMD
Fidelindo Lim is a clinical associate professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing in New York City, New York. Chris Noah Hsiao and Navi Johal are staff nurses at New York University Langone Health in New York City.