Description This course provides an overview of coarctation of the aorta, a noncyanotic congenital heart defect. The course covers the pathophysiology, incidence, causes, risk factors, and signs and symptoms of the condition. It also presents related diagnostic tests, treatments, possible complications, and nursing considerations, including discharge teaching. Continuing Education Credit This course qualifies for 0.5 contact hours, which can be earned on this course until June 30, 2017. Course objectives After completing this course, the learner will be able to: describe the pathophysiology of coarctation of the aorta (COA) . identify the risk factors and possible causes of COA. identify the typical signs and symptoms of COA, including age-related variations. select the appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests for patients of different age-groups. differentiate treatments for critically ill neonates from those for older children, including surgical and pharmacologic options. explain
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