Women and Heart Disease

This course is designed for nurse generalists that perform patient care in med-surg, acute care, and private practice settings. The purpose of the "Women and Heart Disease" online continuing education course is to assist nurses in identifying the signs/symptoms, causes, and differences in cardiac presentations of female patients. The nurse will become knowledgeable of the common signs & symptoms female patients present with active heart disease. The nurse will learn the causes of heart disease in women and the differences in heart disease presentation in female patients as compared to male patients.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Complete a physiology review of the cardiovascular system.
  2. Understand the causes of cardiac disease.
  3. Identify the factors contributing to cardiac disease in women as compared to men.
  4. Reference the incidence, prevalence, and cost of cardiac disease in women.
  5. Reference current research, protocols and treatment for treating cardiac disease in women.


Chapter 1: Introduction - History and Background Identifying Heart Disease 

  • Significance and Prevalence
  • Cardiac Disease Defined
  • Physiology of the Healthy Coronary System & Compromised Coronary System
  • Costs of Cardiac Disease 

Chapter 2: Causes of Cardiac Disease

  • Lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Genetics & Aging

Chapter 3: Recognition of Cardiac Disease in Women

  • Factors Contributing to Cardiac Disease in Women
  • Comparison of Signs/Symptoms of Cardiac Disease in Women Versus Men
  • General Statistics, Incidence, and Cost of Cardiac Disease in Women 

Chapter 4: Current Research and Protocols for Treating Cardiac Disease and Heart Attacks in Women

  • Prevention Methods and Research
  • Diagnosis
  • Issues with Women’s Medical Treatment 

Chapter 5: Conclusion

  • Case Scenarios
  • References
  • About the Author
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $24.00

Contact Hours: 2

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HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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