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compensatory mechanisms illustrates another case of nursing pathophysiology in its post, “What is Pathophysiology?” In this case, a patient asks a nurse why a two-hour troponin (a protein associated with muscle contraction) check is being done after blood had already been drawn previously. Thanks to knowledge of pathophysiology, the nurse can explain that doctors are trying to rule out heart issues. Troponin can be checked multiple times because hearts can be delayed when releasing the protein. If the tests are normal, the healthcare team can rule out heart stress.Pathophysiology provides nurses with the means of walking their patients comfortably through the process of testing, diagnosing and treating their diseases. Nurses can do their jobs more effectively when they understand the different ways human organs and biological processes behave when disease is present.About Duquesne’s RN to BSN Online Program