The circulatory system introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the heart and gives a detailed description of blood and how it circulates through the body. The differences between veins and arteries, blood and lymph, angina and MI are delineated. Common diseases, pharmacological agents, and specific nutritional needs are discussed. The unit will emphasize nursing interventions for the client with cardiovascular disorders regarding life-styles and exercise. Important psychosocial concerns are addressed. Selected clinical experiences will allow the student to practice appropriate nursing skills.
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