need help with cardiovascular patho

  1. I have just started our cardiovascular unit. This semester has not yet been too nice on the tests and have yet to figure them out. I would like to know if anyone could help recommend a good website(prefer) or book to help me. All the questions are critical thinking and involve all labs, tests, disease processes, and rhythms associated with cardiovascular. It is so much and I know I could use some help.
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  3. by   Daytonite
    try these links:
    for ekg's:
    other links:
    for critical thinking on tests:

    the basic strategy for answering critical thinking (application type) questions is as follows, you must:
    • know and consider the normal anatomy and physiology
    • know and consider abnormal anatomy for the disease in question
    • know and consider the resulting signs and symptoms when the disease occurs and how they proceed from mild to fatal - each sign and symptom can be related back to the pathophysiology of the disease
    • know and consider how the doctor diagnoses and treats the disease in question
    • know nursing interventions for the signs and symptoms you are being asked about
    • know the steps of the nursing process and what goes on in each of the steps and consider how they are affecting the question you are being asked
    • know and consider the principles behind the actions being done - there are many kinds of principles: principles of nursing, principles of biology, principles of chemistry, principles of physics, etc.
    • read the stem of the question carefully and answer that because the test makers try to trip you up by distracting you with conflicting information they give you in the answer choices that sounds good but has no relationship to what the question is asking for
    • ask yourself "why" a patient is experiencing some sign or symptoms to get at the underlying problem. nursing like other disciplines treats the problem/signs and symptoms.
    you should review the information and links in this thread as well:
  4. by   Conrad283
    A good tip is to understand why and how it happens, and not to just memorize the material.