In week 4 you will submit a 2-3-page discussion based on a case study scenario which is listed below. Remember that this is an Advanced Pathophysiology class. We are not discussing treatment, management, or diagnostics. You will cover those aspects in Advanced Health Assessment and Pharmacology. Your pathophysiological processes should begin at the cellular level. You should be able to distinguish between genetics, gender, and racial/ethnic. When explaining symptoms, you are being asked what is going on within the body systems to cause these symptoms. Simply stating, “there is a genetic component and symptom A is classic for disease A” is not sufficient. You must be specific. Omit unneeded information. Synthesize the material to maximize the space in limiting your discussion to 3 pages. You do not need to restate the case as it takes up space; you will be referring to it throughout your discussion. Your instructions provide a general overview. However, your rubric tells you specifically what should be included in your discussions.
Week 4 Scenario: A 65-year-old patient is 8 days post op after a total knee replacement. Patient suddenly complains of shortness of breath, pleuritic chest pain, and palpitations. On arrival to the emergency department, an EKG revealed new onset atrial fibrillation and right ventricular strain pattern – T wave inversions in the right precordial leads (V1-4) ± the inferior leads (II, III, aVF).