Recognizing and Managing Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction
Treatment for myocardial infarctions has improved dramatically over the years and nurses play an integral in identifying and treating symptoms, as well as complications associated with this condition. The American Nurse article entitled: Recognizing and Managing Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction will describe in depth the complications associated with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and nursing care related to the complications of AMI.
About every 40 seconds in the United States, someone experiences an acute myocardial infarction (AMI)—that adds up to about 600,000 AMIs every year. This potentially debilitating condition, which results from myocardial cell death caused by prolonged ischemia, is associated with serious complications and
mortality. Early reperfusion and medical therapy have drastically reduced AMI complications, but they still occur. Nurses play an integral role in identifying and managing AMIs and their complications.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Describe complications of acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
- Discuss nursing care related to complications of AMI
Kayla M. Little, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, PCCN, CHFN
Kayla M. Little is a clinical nurse specialist in cardiovascular medicine at large academinc medical center in Cleveland, Ohio.