Disease Process Table 4 -
NUR 427 Example 4

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Condition and Definition -Parkinson ’s disease: Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.(Mayo Clinic, 2010).

Signs and Symptoms: Tremors, slowed motion, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, loss of automatic movements, speech changes and dementia (Mayo Clinic, 2010).

Conventional and Alternative Therapy: Conventional therapy would consist of medications such as Levodopa, Dopamine agonists, MAO B inhibitors, COMT inhibitors, anticholinergics, glutamate blocking drugs, physical therapy and surgery. Alternative therapy would include massage therapy, coenzyme Q10, Tai Chi and Yoga (Mayo Clinic, 2010).

Community Resource and educational needs: A good community resource is the national parkinson’s foundation at http://www.parkinson.org/How-to-Help/Community-Fundraising/Team-Hope-Resources. Educational needs for patients and family include treatment, signs and symptoms, community resources, long term care options as well as many more educational needs.

CVA Definition: A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. (Mayo Clinic, 2010)

Signs and Symptoms: Trouble walking, trouble with speaking and understanding, paralysis or numbness on one side of your body or face, trouble with seeing in one or both eyes, and/or headache.

Conventional and Alternative Therapy: For CVA caused by a blood clot: ASA and other blood thinning drugs, Intravenous injection of tissue plasminogen activator (TPA). Emergency procedures include TPA delivered directly to the brain and or mechanical clot removal. Procedures to decrease risk of CVA are Carotid Endarterectomy, and/or angioplasty and stents. Hemorrhagic stroke treatments include controlling the bleeding and reducing pressure on the brain, surgical blood vessel repair (aneurysm clipping, coiling and or surgical AVM removal). After the incident of the stroke the patient will need stroke recovery and rehabilitation. (Mayo Clinic, 2010).

Community resource and educational needs: Patients who have had a stroke are going to need education in many different areas. They are more than likely going to be on new blood thinning medications that they are going to need...[continues]

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