cardiac case presentation

  1. I am looking for information on doing a case presentation with nursing interventions for the home care nurse. I would like to compare an AWMI with the IWMI, how they differ, what you would watch for etc. Any suggestions?
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  3. by   Nurse_KBE
    May I know what is AWMI & IWMI?
  4. by   NSDRN
    IWMI - Inferior wall MI?

    AWMI - Anterior wall MI?

    We usually say IMI, AMI. Is this what you mean?
  5. by   hoolahan
    MI=Mycardial Infarction = Heart Attack
    AWMI=Anterior Wall MI
    IWMI=Inferior Wall MI

    The Wall refers to the area on the Left Ventricle which has been infarcted. You can tell by looking at a 12 Lead EKG where the infarct is located. Sometimes you can tell by symptoms, but not always reliable. Ex. AWMI is usually the classic "elephant sitting on my chest" crushing pain. IWMI may present with the indigestion nausea vommiting epigastric pain, if any pain.

    It is also important to know this b/c the area infarcted is fed by a specific coronary artery, so for IWMI, it is fed by the RCA or Right Coronary artery, and you can expect more arrhythmias that involve the SA and AV nodes, since this part of the conduction system is also fed by that artery. So if you saw a second degree heart block in an IWMI, you may realize it can be more serious than a second degree heart block in a Lateral wall MI, for example. Naturally all arrhythmias must be monitored closely, but knowing where the infarct is may be an indication that a pacemaker is needed sooner rather than later, or a means of anticipating certaim complications.

    You probably know most of this already, but not what the abbreviation was, I just give it in case anyone who doesn't know is reading also.
  6. by   HMB
    That is what I meant, thanks for your input.