Appendices: Case Study of Unstable Angina and Atherosclerosis
In this case, learners have an opportunity to:
- Review etiological factors (i.e., risk factors, prevalence, comorbidities) associated with acute coronary syndrome
- Build knowledge related to the patient’s experience of chest pain (including the experience of chest pain and sudden critical illness)
- Continue to develop comprehensive assessment and monitoring skills and abilities (i.e., chest pain assessment, risk analysis, ECG changes, laboratory data)
- Consider the links between evidence-based knowledge and practice in the care of patients with chest pain (e.g., chest pain guidelines)
- Recommend interventions based on the risk factors, status, and progression of cardiac disease
- Define the roles of healthcare professionals and the contributions they make to the healthcare team (or describe your own role and the roles of those in other professions)
This case describes a patient’s experience with unstable angina and potential myocardial infarction (MI). The interprofessional collaboration is between physician, medical laboratory and medical radiology health professionals.
Learners reviewing this case can consider the pathophysiology of heart disease and how ethnicity, employment, and family may play a role in this common disease process. Interprofessional collaboration is ideal in this case and presents opportunities for discussion on what makes the interactions presented ideal.