glipizide 10 mg po daily hctz 25 mg daily atenolol 25 mg po daily hydralazine 25 mg qid simvastatin 80 mg daily verapamil 180 mg cd daily H e a l t h M e d i c a l

glipizide 10 mg po daily hctz 25 mg daily atenolol 25 mg po daily hydralazine 25 mg qid simvastatin 80 mg daily verapamil 180 mg cd daily H e a l t h M e d i c a l

.heart disease remains the No. 1 killer in America; nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoke—some of the leading risk factors for heart disease…

—Murphy et al., 2018

Despite the high mortality rates associated with cardiovascular disorders, improved treatment options do exist that can help address those risk factors that afflict the majority of the population today.  

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As an advanced practice nurse, it is your responsibility to recommend appropriate treatment options for patients with cardiovascular disorders. To ensure the safety and effectiveness of drug therapy, advanced practice nurses must consider aspects that might influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes such as medical history, other drugs currently prescribed, and individual patient factors.

Reference: Murphy, S. L., Xu, J., Kochanek, K. D., & Arias, E. (2018). Mortality in the United States, 2017. Retrieved from