Instructed in the use of NTG for chest pain/pressure. To take at onset of pain, 1 tablet every 5 minutes, up to 3 tablets over 15 minutes. If not complete relief of pain after the 3rd tablet, call 911.
Instructed patient about common risk factors associated with heart disease such as: smoking, family history, hypertension, stress and diet.
Instructed to always sit or lie down prior to taking NTG, as this medication dilates arteries, increasing blood supply to the heart, and may cause dizziness, or even fainting.
Instructed in the possible side effects of NTG, including headache, dizziness with position changes, weakness, flushing, palpitations, fainting, nausea and vomiting. Notify MD should any side effects occur.
Instructed in other S/S of cardiac complications requiring medical intervention, such as, increased SOB, palpitations, uneven heart beat, faintness, and weakness.
Instructed in risk factors associated with heart disease, including smoking, family history, hypertension, stress and diet.
Instructed in S/S of complications associated with CHF, including bounding pulse, decreased urinary output, increased SOB, increased edema and sudden weight gain.
Instructed in the importance of decreased fluid intake and emphasize the removal of accumulated fluids should be implemented when applicable and adherence to therapeutic diet to prevent cardiac overload. Tracking your fluid intake and following the fluid intake guidelines from your doctor will also help.
Instructed in diagnosis of ASHD/CAD. This occurs when there is a narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle, restrincting flow of blood.
Instructed in diagnosis of Cardiac Arrhythmias. This occurs when the heart beats irregulary, causing various symptoms and a decrease in the heart's ability to pump blood.