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Cardiovascular Chaos: Risk, Recognition, Response

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Course Description

This two-day seminar is for nurses caring for acutely and critically ill cardiac patients. It is designed to augment the bedside nurse’s ability to accurately assess and treat a variety of complex cardiovascular disorders such as: acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, acute decompensated heart failure and valvular heart disease. Additionally, it reviews management of patients undergoing therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, as well as strategies for preventing sudden cardiac death.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Recognize warning signs of right ventricular infarctions and understand how management differs from other types of acute MI.
  • Be familiar with early, subtle signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and the different drug classes used in its treatment.
  • Describe the rationales for and ways to implement therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.
  • Detect and understand murmurs and their pathology as well as the presentation of valve disorders and their management.
  • Gain the confidence to recognize and treat patients experiencing acute coronary syndromes and cardiogenic shock.
  • Develop a better understanding of the roles pharmacologic and mechanical circulatory support in the management of patients with systolic and diastolic dysfunction.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
    Pharmacologic Treatment | Thrombolytics | Percutaneous Coronary Intervention | Indications for CABG
  • Post-MI Complications
    VSD | Papillary Muscle Rupture | Free Wall Rupture
  • Hemodynamics: What Do the Numbers Mean?
    Pulmonary Artery Catheters | Interpretation | Less and Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring
  • Tissue Oxygenation
  • Cardiogenic Shock
    Hemodynamics | Pharmacologic Treatments | Intra-Aortic Balloon Therapy | Ventricular Assist Devices
  • The Forgotten Ventricle: RV Infarcts
    Pathology, Signs and Symptoms | Pulmonary Hypertension

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Acute and Chronic Heart Failure
    Left vs. Right Failure | Systolic vs. Diastolic Dysfunction | Neurohormonal Influences | Treatment Modalities
  • Inflammatory Disorders of the Myocardium
    Pericarditis | Myocarditis
  • Acute Cardiovascular Trauma
    Aortic Aneurysm, Dissection, Transection | Blunt Cardiac Injury
  • Hematologic Monitoring
    Complications Post-PCI and Open Heart Surgery | Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
  • Valve Disorders and Murmurs
    Anatomy and Pathophysiology | Congenital | Acquired | Indications for Surgery
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia After Sudden Cardiac Death
    Indications | Pharmacology | Techniques | Monitoring
  • Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death
    Pharmacologic Treatments | Electrophysiology Studies | Catheter Ablation | Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator