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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- 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.