Although short- and long-term outcomes in individuals with DM following ACS, PCI, and CABG have improved over the past decade, CVD continues to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. Nursing has a critical role in the prevention of CVD, and in the early detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic CHD. Following ACS, PCI, or CABG, ongoing assessment for new ischemia, HF, or renal insufficiency, and specific complications of ACS or revascularization is crucial. Long-term prevention of recurrent ischemia, ACS, HF, and death necessitates multifactorial CHD risk factor reduction, along with aggressive glucose control, in all individuals with DM.
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