The nurse is caring for a patient after suffering from a myocardial infarction. Which of the following is the most common complication of a myocardial infarction?

Cardiac arrhythmias

Explanation

• Cardiac arrhythmias are the most common complication associated with a myocardial infarction. They frequently cause disability and death.  This is one reason it is important for the telemetry monitor (assesses heart rhythm) to be continuously in place and in working order for these patients

• Incorrect: Heart failure and cardiogenic shock are known complications of a myocardial infarction, but they are not as common as arrhythmias

• Incorrect: Valvular disease is not a known complication of a myocardial infarction

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