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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Paul E. H. Ricard, PT, DPT, CCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Jane M. Eason, PhD, PT DPT, CCS
Item#: I6408
Contents: 1 Course Book (84 pages)
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Heart Failure: Implications for Diagnosis, Medical Management, and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition

Price $39.95
Item # I6408
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: April 5, 2018

Expiration Date: April 5, 2021

This intermediate-level course provides rehabilitation therapists and therapy assistants with an opportunity to review the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system, the pathophysiology of heart failure, and current medical, surgical, and therapy-based interventions. Appropriate for all therapy-based clinicians who work with persons with heart failure, this intermediate-level course reviews basic examination skills before progressing to the more advanced skills of auscultation and exercise testing interpretation.


AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention ; Professional Issues -  Contemporary issues and trends

0.4 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the incidence, epidemiology, and risk factors of heart failure in the United States.
  • Differentiate between normal and pathological anatomy and physiology of cardiopulmonary function.
  • Describe the diagnosis, etiology, and classification of heart failure.
  • Describe the history and physical examination of a person with heart failure, including applicable screening tools and functional tests.
  • Discuss current pharmacological and surgical interventions for heart failure and their impact on therapy intervention decisions.
  • Describe appropriate rehabilitation interventions (exercise, compensation) or consultation services recommended for persons with heart failure.

Paul E. H. Ricard, PT, DPT, CCS, earned a bachelor’s degree in sports biology in 2001 and a master’s degree in physi­cal therapy in 2003, both from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. He received a transitional doctor of physical therapy degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2005, and has board certification as a clinical specialist in car­diovascular and pulmonary physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties through 2027. Since 2005, he has taught in the areas of human anatomy, pathology, and cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy at several universities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Ricard has published topics on acute care, cardiovas­cular and pulmonary therapy, and research review in Physical Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. He has lectured nationally on these same topics and served as the nominating committee chair and vice president of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has developed and/or creden­tialed two clinical residencies in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and a critical care fellowship and cur­rently serves as the rehabilitation team coordinator for the cardiac team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Jane M. Eason, PhD, PT, is an associate professor and department head at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She received a PhD in exercise science from the University of Florida and did post-doctoral training at Emory University. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Eason was editor of the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, which is the official journal of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her responsibilities at LSU include teaching courses on pathophysiology and the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Dr. Eason has published in several journals, including Physical Therapy, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, Journal of Applied Physiology, and Experimental and Clinical Cardiology. She is an ACSM-certified exercise specialist, and her clinical practice has included working as an exercise specialist in a Phase I, II, and III Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.