Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Department

College of Nursing

Sub-Department

Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Stephanie E Burgess

Abstract

As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease remains a priority for targeted measures for early detection and treatment. Family history of premature CAD has been well documented as a significant independent risk factor for over two decades, with an increased threat of sudden coronary events (Hoseinj et al, 2008). Therefore, it is essential for providers to follow effective, evidenced based guidelines for early detection and treatment of CAD in asymptomatic adults with a family history of premature CAD for the prevention of severe coronary events prior to symptom onset. The purposes of this evidenced based project were to (a) review the literature on the significance of family history of premature coronary artery disease as an independent risk factor; (b) review and analyze the evidence for early detection and treatment of heart disease in asymptomatic adults with an independent risk factor of family history of premature coronary artery disease; (c) compare practice guidelines for early detection and treatment of heart disease in asymptomatic adults with an independent risk factor of family history of premature coronary artery disease; and (d) determine the best practice guideline for the early detection and treatment of heart disease in asymptomatic adults with a independent risk factor of family history of premature coronary artery disease.

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