1. Define cardiovascular disease.
2. Explain the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis.
3. Compare and contrast stable and unstable angina.
4. Describe the pathophysiology associated with angina.
5. List the signs and symptoms of each type of angina.
6. Discuss various assessment processes and procedures used to make the diagnosis
7. Outline the different treatment options available.
8. Describe the roles of the nurse caring for the patient with angina during the patient’s initial assessment as well as before, during, and after diagnostic procedures.
9. State the value of critical pathways and nursing algorithms for the care of cardiac patients.