Pharmacotherapy For Cardiovascular Disorders

Assignment: Pharmacotherapy for Cardiovascular Disorders

…heart disease remains the No. 1 killer in America; nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoke—some of the leading risk factors for heart disease…

—Murphy et al., 2018

Despite the high mortality rates associated with cardiovascular disorders, improved treatment options do exist that can help address those risk factors that afflict the majority of the population today.

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As an advanced practice nurse, it is your responsibility to recommend appropriate treatment options for patients with cardiovascular disorders. To ensure the safety and effectiveness of drug therapy, advanced practice nurses must consider aspects that might influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes such as medical history, other drugs currently prescribed, and individual patient factors.

Reference: Murphy, S. L., Xu, J., Kochanek, K. D., & Arias, E. (2018). Mortality in the United States, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db328.htm

To Prepare

  • Review the Resources for this module and consider the      impact of potential pharmacotherapeutics for cardiovascular disorders      introduced in the media piece.
  • Review the case study assigned by your Instructor for      this Assignment.
  • Select one the following factors: genetics, gender,      ethnicity, age, or behavior factors.
  • Reflect on how the factor you selected might influence      the patient’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.
  • Consider how changes in the pharmacokinetic and      pharmacodynamic processes might impact the patient’s recommended drug      therapy.
  • Think about how you might improve the patient’s drug      therapy plan based on the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes.      Reflect on whether you would modify the current drug treatment or provide      an alternative treatment option for the patient.

By Day 7 of Week 2

  • Case Study: Case:

Patient AO has a history of obesity and has recently gained 9 pounds. The patient has been diagnosed with hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Drugs currently prescribed include the following:

Write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:

  • Explain how the factor you selected might influence the      pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes in the patient from the case      study you were assigned.
  • Describe how changes in the processes might impact the      patient’s recommended drug therapy. Be specific and provide examples.
  • Explain how you might improve the patient’s drug      therapy plan and explain why you would make these recommended      improvements.

Reminder: The College of Nursing requires that all papers submitted include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The College of Nursing Writing Template with Instructions provided at the Walden Writing Center offers an example of those required elements (available at https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates/general#s-lg-box-20293632). All papers submitted must use this formatting.