Week 10: Common Health Conditions with Implications for Women, Part 1
Week 10: Common Health Conditions with Implications for Women Part 1
Discussion: Diagnosing and Managing Common Cardiovascular and Neurologic Conditions
Cardiovascular and neurologic conditions are among the leading causes of death and hospitalization of women in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008a). As an advanced practice nurse, you must routinely monitor patients at risk of these conditions and recommend the appropriate health screenings and preventive services. When assessing patients for these conditions, it is important to keep in mind that while some female patients might present with typical signs and symptoms, others might present with atypical signs and symptoms that are unique to women. For this Discussion, consider signs and symptoms presented by the women in the following case studies and develop differential diagnoses:
Case Study 1
A 48-year-old overweight African American female is in the clinic for a wellness visit. A routine fasting lipid panel returned with the following results:
· Total cholesterol: 305 mmol/L
· Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): 180 mg/dl
· High-density lipoprotein (HDL): 30 mg/dl
· Triglycerides: 165 mg/dl
Case Study 2
You are seeing a 63-year-old African American female for a two-week history of intermittent chest pain. The pain varies in intensity and resolves with rest. She does not believe it has increased over time. She is a nonsmoker with a history of hypertension treated with Lisinopril 10 mg once daily. She had an exercise stress test one year ago that was within normal limits. Her physical exam findings are as follows: HR–90, BP–150/92, R–22, O2Sat 98% RA; lungs: clear to auscultation bilaterally; cardiovascular: apical pulse of 90 RRR, no rubs, murmurs, or gallops. Chest wall mildly tender to palpation that reproduces her complaint of pain. Extremities include no clubbing, cyanosis, or edema. The remainder of the exam is within normal limits.
Case Study 3
A 32-year-old Asian American female is in the clinic for a history of recurrent headaches for the past year, occurring monthly, lasting up to 12–18 hours. The headaches are sometimes associated with photophobia, nausea, and vomiting. She takes either acetaminophen or ibuprofen for relief that is not always successful. She uses Ortho Tricyclin for birth control. Her physical exam is within normal limits.
· Review Chapter 8 of the Tharpe et al. text and the McSweeney et al. article in this week’s Learning Resources.
· Review and select one of the three provided case studies. Analyze the patient information.
· Consider a differential diagnosis for the patient in the case study you selected. Think about the most likely diagnosis for the patient.
· Reflect on the appropriate clinical guidelines. Think about a treatment and management plan for the patient. Be sure to consider appropriate dosages for any recommended pharmacologic and/or nonpharmacologic treatments.
· Consider strategies for educating patients on the treatment and management of the disorder you identified as your primary diagnosis.
Post at least 250 words
1. an explanation of the differential diagnosis for the patient in the case study you selected.
2. Explain which is the most likely diagnosis for the patient and why.
3. Then, based on the appropriate clinical guidelines, explain a treatment and management plan for the patient, including proper dosages for any recommended treatments.
4. Finally, explain strategies for educating patients on the disorder.
Common Health Conditions with Implications for Women
Common Health Conditions with Implications for Women
Select a patient that you examined during the last four weeks as a Nurse Practitioner. Select a female patient with common endocrine or musculoskeletal conditions, Evaluate differential diagnoses for common endocrine or musculoskeletal conditions you chose .With this patient in mind, address the following in a SOAP Note:
Subjective: What details did the patient provide regarding or her personal and medical history?
Objective: What observations did you make during the physical assessment?
Assessment: What were your differential diagnoses? Provide a minimum of three possible diagnoses. List them from highest priority to lowest priority. What was your primary diagnosis and why?
Plan: What was your plan for diagnostics and primary diagnosis? What was your plan for treatment and management, including alternative therapies? Include pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments, alternative therapies, and follow-up appointment with the provider, as well as a rationale for this treatment and management plan.
Reflection notes: What would you do differently in a similar patient evaluation? And how can you relate this to your class and clinical readings.
Schuiling, K. D., & Likis, F. E. (2013). Women’s gynecologic health (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Chapter 22, “Urinary Tract Infection in Women” (pp. 535–546)
Tharpe, N. L., Farley, C., & Jordan, R. G. (2013). Clinical practice guidelines for midwifery & Women’s health (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Review: Chapter 8, “Primary Care in Women’s Health” (pp. 431–560)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012b). Women’s health. Retrieved from
National Institutes of Health. (2012). Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012a). Womenshealth.gov. Retrieved from
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