Disciplines: Physical Therapy
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Paul E.H. Ricard, PT, DPT, CCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Jane M. Eason, PhD, PT
Item#: Q3416
Contents: 1 Course Book (76 pages)
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Heart Failure: Implications for Diagnosis, Medical Management, and Rehabilitation

Price $39.95
Item # Q3416
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Heart failure is a growing and expensive health condition in the United States. Given the strong evidence showing that interventions within the scope of practice of most rehabilitative therapists can improve the quality of life of persons with heart failure, there is a growing need for rehabilitative therapists to be directly involved in the management of persons with heart failure. This intermediate-level course provides rehabilitation therapists with an opportunity to review the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system, the pathophysiology of heart failure, and the current best evidence for medical, surgical, and therapy-based interventions. This course will improve practicing clinicians’ competency in providing interventions and making recommendations and referrals based on a thorough examination and correct test interpretation for their clients with heart failure.


Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the PT Bd. of California through Net Education Design, an agency recognized by the board to approve courses that meet PT Regulations.

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #16S2302

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011766

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Pre-Approved by the NJ Board of PT Examiners, Approval #P1704-122 Expires 1/31/18.

Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval  #201710676

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

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 became a board certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy in 2007 through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Since 2005, he has taught in the areas of human anatomy, pathology, and cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy at several universities, including Northeastern University in Boston, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, and Springfield College. Dr. Ricard has published on the use of physical therapy in acute decompensated heart failure and has lectured nationally at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Combined Sections Meeting on topics addressing physical therapy and heart failure, cystic fibrosis, and review of current literature. He was instrumental in the development and credentialing of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital clinical residency in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy in Boston, MA, and now serves as the rehabilitation team coordinator for the ICU 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 within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
  • 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.