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What should be your first priority when taking care of a patient exhibiting signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease?

What should be your first priority when taking care of a patient exhibiting signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease?

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A. Decrease anxiety.
B. Enhance myocardial oxygenation.
C. Administer sublingual nitroglycerin.
D. Educate the client about his symptoms.

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Cardiovascular Disorders (Part 1)
Asked by Elian, Last updated: Jul 10, 2020

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M. Parker

M. Parker, Internet Researcher, Houston

Answered Oct 15, 2018

Oxygen is one of the most important things that most organs in the body live off of. In order to be healthy, some people may need oxygenation. This means that certain organs were not getting enough oxygen and are needing more. This is where oxygenation comes into play. Myocardial oxygenation refers to needing more oxygen to the heart since myocardial refers to the heart.

Coronary artery disease is when the arteries are blocked or even partially blocked usually due to poor health and exercise. The blood can’t flow to the heart and therefore the heart is not receiving enough oxygen. If a nurse comes in contact with a patient who is showing signs of coronary artery disease, then he or she should increase the oxygen to the heart.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Enhance myocardial oxygenation. Enhancing myocardial oxygenation is always the first priority when a client exhibits signs or symptoms of cardiac compromise. Without adequate oxygen, the myocardium suffers damage. Anurse administers sublingual nitroglycerin to treat acute angina pectoris, but its administration isn't the first priority. Although educating the client and decreasing anxiety are important in care delivery, neither is a priority when a client is compromised.

 

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