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Nursing Update: Special Issue: Chronic Illness and Cardiovascular Disease

Chronic Illness - Focus on Cardiovascular disease March 2021

This is a special issue on nursing management and resources for Cardiovascular diseases. It has a focus on chronic cardiovascular disorders affecting many patients
As much as possible full text is listed and some resources can be freely accessible. However, most articles will require an SVHM log in for offsite access. Current e-mail and network password login.

Libguides on Chronic Illness: Chronic Illness - Focus on Diabetes
Other Special Issues in the collection are available here: Special Issues on Nursing Update

Related Library subject guides: Cardiology

These special issues on Chronic Illness will be updated regularly. Please contact Anna Lovang, if you would like to contribute or have suggestions on adding resources for these issues. You can also sign up to receive regular notices on new updates. 


eBooks and Print

Cardiovascular disease - Risk factors, intervention and management

Australian Institute on Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Heart, stroke & vascular diseases - ALL reports - overview 2023

Heart, stroke and vascular disease: Australian facts, 2023 Web report
(monitoring cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the Australian population, focussing on cardiovascular risk factors, major subtypes, treatment and impact)

Risk factors

A systematic review of community nursing interventions focusing on improving outcomes for individuals exhibiting risk factors of cardiovascular disease Tan, See et al. Journal of Advanced Nursing, Issue: Volume 76(1), January 2020, p 47-61.

Understanding perceptions of health, lifestyle risks and chronic disease in middle age.
Halcomb, Elizabeth, Ashley, Christine, Middleton, Rebekkah, et al. J Clin Nurs. 2021; doi:10.1111/jocn.15711.

Interventions and management for cardiovascular patients

Interventions to empower cardiorenal patients: A systematic review, 2022 
Ania-Gonzalez N., Olano-Lizarraga M. & Vazquez-Calatayud M. (2022). Journal of Advanced NursingJ. Adv. Nurs.78, 363-376

Cardiac disease and stroke: Practical implications for personalised care in cardiac-stroke patients. A state of the art review supported by the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, 2020 Jeroen Hendriks, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Volume 19, Issue 6, 1 August 2020

Outcomes of nurse practitioner-led care in patients with cardiovascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis 
Smigorowsky MJ, Sebastianski M, Sean McMurtry M, Tsuyuki RT, Norris CM. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(1):81-95, 2020.

Research & Training

Chapter 9 Cardiovascular Assessment Open Resources for Nursing (Open RN);
Ernstmeyer K, Christman E, editors. Nursing Skills [Internet]. Eau Claire (WI): Chippewa Valley Technical College; 2021.
Full text (Full PDF file is (449M) Includes video parts, illustrations, cardiovascular assessment checklist, vital signs.,

Nurse Faculty Experiences Teaching Chronic Illness Self-Management Concepts: An Exploratory Study, 2021
Lam CK, Copel LC, Deveneau L. Nurs Educ Perspect. 2021 Nov-Dec 01;42(6):344-349.
Full text

Guidelines and practice tools

Australian Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes
National Heart Foundation of Australia & Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2016.

Australian clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation, 2018
National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. 

Practice Standards for Australian Cardiovascular Nurses, 2020
Copyright © 2020 Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College

Practice standards for Australian cardiovascular nurses: An electronic Delphi study, 2023
Journal: Collegian. From the ACN College.

Cardiovascular disease - specific disorders & nursing assessment

Cardiac, Cardiovascular Nursing Health assessment

Nursing Assessment of the Cardiovascular System
Nursecepts (website), 2017. 

Chest Pain Assessment: What to Do When Your Patient Has Chest Pain
(AU. Publisher: Ausmed, 2020, Online CPD)

Heart Failure

Heart Failure Practice Review March 2024
Issue 2 2024. ACNC download.

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: A Pharmacologic Review, 2022
Joseph J., Choudhury A., Kane S.P. Orthop. Nurs.. 2022;41(4):289-292. 

Nurse-Led Positive Psychology Intervention Is Feasible in Patients With Heart Failure
Taylor, Erin; Sparks, Denise; Rukavina, Madeline; Biddle, Martha P; Wells, Gretchen L. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: 3/4 2021 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 131-135.

Cardiovascular disease: various issues

Cardiology Research Review, 2023
Issue 158, October 2023.

Improving post-acute stroke follow-up care by adopting telecare consultations in a nurse-led clinic: Study protocol of a hybrid implementation-effectiveness trial, 2024 Wong, Arkers Kwan Ching, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Issue: Volume 80(3), March 2024, p 1222-1231.

Efficacy of Mobile Health for Self-management of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: A Theory-Guided Systematic Review
Delva, Sabianca. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.Issue: Volume 36(1), January/February 2021, p 34-55.


Nurses' competency in electrocardiogram interpretation in acute care settings: A systematic review. 
Chen Y., Kunst E., Nasrawi D., Massey D., Johnston A.N.B., Keller K., et al (2022). Journal of Advanced NursingJ. Adv. Nurs.78, 1245-1266.

Instant electrocardiogram feedback with a new digital technique reduces symptoms caused by palpitations and increases health-related quality of life (the RedHeart study) Carina Carnlöf, Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, Mats Jensen-Urstad, Per Insulander. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, March 2021.

A Case of Tachycardia and Shortness of Breath
Nicole Kupchik, et al. AJN, American Journal of Nursing. Issue: Volume 120(10), October 2020, p 47-49.


Jarvis S (2021) Nursing Times [online] Accessible through Nursing TimesNet online with a free guest (weekly) subscription. 

Electrocardiogram 1: purpose, physiology and practicalities, 2021
Electrocardiogram 2: interpretation and signs of heart disease, 2021
Electrocardiogram 3: cardiac rhythm and conduction abnormalities, 2021

ECG Interpretation Using the CRISP Method: A Guide for Nurses, 2015
AORN Journal, 102: 396-408.

Further resources

Australian Publisher. Research Review publications are free with a registration.