Atherosclerosis: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 So let's wrap up this video series.

    00:03 Cholesterol's in every membrane of your cell.

    00:06 Now right now, LDL is thought to be the most significant contributor to atherosclerosis, which is why we use the statins.

    00:13 Diet and exercise can significantly impact LDL and HDL levels, meaning lower LDL can raise the HDL.

    00:22 However, sometimes medications are necessary, and statins are the most effective drugs for lowering blood LDL levels.

    00:31 Now statins increase the number of LDL receptors in the liver.

    00:35 So more in the liver, means less in the blood.

    00:38 So the target is usually an LDL of less than 100 (mg/dL) but if the patient has some significantly high risk, we may shoot for less than 70 (mg/dL).

    00:47 Most statins should be given at night, so be sure to educate your patient about that.

    00:52 So you should give or take your statins at nighttime for the most effective experience of lowering the LDL.

    00:59 Thank you for watching our video today.

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    The lecture Atherosclerosis: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Coronary Artery Disease: Atherosclerosis (Nursing) .

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    1. Cholesterol is part of every human cell membrane.
    2. Cholesterol increases the risk of only atherosclerosis and MI.
    3. LDL and HDL are consumed by physical exertion.
    4. Cholesterol is a macrophage that breaks down dead cells.

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     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes

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