Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence

CE Hours: 60.00
Purchase Price: $518.45

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Presented by: Karen Marzlin and Cynthia Webner 

Course Description: 
This 8-part course is designed to provide the cardiovascular clinician with comprehensive content to excel in the care of the cardiac patient. It is ideal as a complete curriculum for cardiovascular nurses and APRNs in a variety of clinical settings. The posttests serve as an excellent tool for validating knowledge. 

Course Content

Session 1 Comprehensive Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Session 2 Excellence in Cardiac Rhythm Management

Session 3 Cardiac Diagnostics Bootcamp

Session 4 All Things Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Coronary Syndromes

Session 5 Everything Heart Failure and Hypertension

Session 6 Cardiac Pathophysiology Potpourri: Valvular, Inflammatory, Myopathies, Channelopathies & Obstructive Shock

Session 7 12 Lead ECG Mastery

Session 8 The Connected Heart: Cardiopulmonary, Cardiorenal, and Cardiovascular

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
Comprehensive Cardiovascular Pharmacology

  • Discuss the physiological basis for drugs used to support hemodynamics in the acutely ill cardiac patient.
  • Utilize an evidence-based approach to determine the best pharmacologic treatment plan for the most common cardiovascular disorders: acute coronary syndrome and heart failure.
  • Identify hypertension treatment strategies based on the most recent evidence-based guidelines.
  • Discuss the clinical implications of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications.
  • Evaluate systems and processes aimed at improvement in medication adherence.

Excellence in Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation

  • Compare and contrast arrhythmias of conduction abnormality with arrhythmias of abnormal impulse initiation.
  • Discuss the physiologic mechanism of AV blocks.
  • Review primary treatment strategies in atrial fibrillation.
  • Differentiate VT from SVT with aberrancy utilizing morphological clues on the ECG.
  • Review the action potential as it relates to the effect of antiarrhythmic medications.

Cardiac Diagnostics Boot Camp

  • Apply physical assessment skills in the evaluation of cardiac symptoms.
  • Utilize cardiac auscultation to identify abnormal cardiac disorders.
  • Discuss ECG abnormalities identified to diagnose cardiovascular disorders.
  • Compare the diagnostic information obtained from the ECG and the echocardiogram.
  • Contrast the criteria for stress testing to the criteria for diagnostic cardiac catheterization in a patient presenting with chest pain.
  • Utilize data from pulmonary artery catheter to make clinical treatment decisions.

All Things Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Coronary Syndromes

  • Discuss the physiological basis for coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes.
  • Review ECG findings specific to the recognition of ACS.
  • Compare and contrast treatment strategies for STEMI from treatment strategies for NonST-ACS.
  • Review antiplatelet strategies in the treatment of ACS.
  • Identify complications in the post myocardial infarction patient.

Everything Heart Failure and HTN

  • Differentiate heart failure with reduced LVEF from heart failure with preserved LVEF.
  • Describe the NYHA classification system and the ACC/AHA stages of heart failure.
  • Recognize heart failure patients through physical assessment and diagnostic results.
  • Correlate pharmacological treatment strategies with current evidence-based guidelines.
  • Identify non-pharmacological treatment strategies for heart failure with reduced and preserved LVEF.
  • Identify hypertension treatment strategies based on the most recent evidence-based guidelines.

Cardiovascular Potpourri

  • Correlate the signs and symptoms of valvular heart disease with the associated hemodynamic changes.
  • Discuss evidence-based treatment strategies for valvular heart disease.
  • Identify pathophysiological changes associated with restrictive, hypertrophic, arrhythmogenic and Takotsubo cardiomyopathies.
  • Identify clinical presentation associated with restrictive, hypertrophic, arrhythmogenic and Takotsubo cardiomyopathies.
  • Discuss treatment options for the patient with restrictive, hypertrophic, arrhythmogenic and Takotsubo cardiomyopathies.
  • Discusses etiology, presentation, and patient management strategies for pericarditis, endocarditis, and myocarditis.
  • Correlate clinical assessment findings with obstructive shock states.

12 Lead ECG Mastery

  •  Differentiate normal from abnormal patterns on each lead of the 12-lead ECG.
  • Determine cardiac axis using lead I and aVF.
  • Contrast the features of right bundle branch block from the features of left bundle branch block.
  • Describe the 12-lead ECG features seen in atrial and ventricular hypertrophy.
  • Recognize normal variants, myocardial mimics, and ECG changes associated with, electrolytes, and medications.
  • Identify patterns of infarct, injury, and ischemia on the 12-lead.
  • Utilize morphology in Lead V1 and V6 to differentiate ventricular tachycardia from SVT with aberrant conduction.

The Connected Heart

  • Differentiate ventilation from perfusion deficits in the pulmonary circuit.
  • Differentiate metabolic from respiratory disorders utilizing blood gas data.
  • Identify pathophysiology of acute respiratory failure.
  • Describe the five types of cardiorenal syndrome.
  • Review key features of acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease.
  • Discuss treatment strategies for acute kidney injury.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of acute limb ischemia

60.0  hours of continuing education (contact hours) will be offered with this program, which includes 10.5 hour of pharmacology CEs.  CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

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