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Course Description

This program provides a clinically applicable review of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology, cardiac assessment, cardiovascular pharmacology and interventions based on current guidelines for the most common cardiac disorders seen in clinical practice. Content includes a review of cardiac physiology that can be applied in daily practice, the physiological basis for cardiovascular drug therapy and the pathophysiology, diagnosis and guideline-based treatment strategies for heart failure, acute coronary syndromes and atrial fibrillation. Clinically useful tips on noninvasive assessment techniques and 12-Lead ECG interpretation can be applied in any clinical setting where cardiac patients receive care. Evidence-based practice standards for bedside cardiac monitoring for arrhythmia identification, ST-segment monitoring and QT interval monitoring provide a foundation for the delivery of high-quality patient care in any monitored setting. Take your knowledge of cardiovascular patient care to a higher level and improve outcomes for your patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Increase knowledge in the pathophysiology and current management guidelines for heart failure patients.
  • Increase knowledge in the pathophysiology and current management guidelines for patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes.
  • Increase knowledge in the pathophysiology and current management guidelines for patients with ECG abnormalities.


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 4:30 pm

  • Essential Cardiovascular Physiology
    Normal Cardiac Valve Function | Coronary Artery Anatomy and Blood Supply to the Heart | Cardiac 
    Conduction System | Origin of ECG Waves and Intervals | Determinants of Cardiac Output and 
    Noninvasive Evaluation | Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Essential Assessment Skills
    Blood Pressure Evaluation | Evaluating Neck Veins | Heart Sounds | Compensatory Mechanisms for 
    Decreased Cardiac Output | Signs of Peripheral Hypoperfusion | Signs of Pulmonary Congestion
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
    Manipulating Determinants of Cardiac Output | Balancing Myocardial O2 Supply and Demand | Altering the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System | ACE Inhibitors | Beta Blockers | Calcium Channel Blockers | 
    Antiplatelets and Anticoagulants | Vasoactive Drugs
  • Essentials of 12-Lead ECG Interpretation
    Anatomy | Normal ECG Waves and Intervals | Easy Axis Determination | Bundle Branch Block
  •  Acute Coronary Syndromes
    Pathophysiology | Diagnosis | ECG Signs of Ischemia vs. Injury | Identifying Site of Infarction | 18-Lead ECG | Guidelines for Managing ST-Elevation MI and Non-ST Elevation MI


Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Understanding Heart Failure
    Pathophysiology | Systolic vs. Diastolic | Signs and Symptoms | Classification Systems | Acute 
    Decompensated HF | Drug Therapy | Biventricular Pacing | Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Atrial Fibrillation: Risks and Management
    Pathophysiology | Detrimental Effects | Determining Stroke Risk | Management | Anticoagulation 
    Guidelines | Ablation and Surgical Management
  • Cardiac Monitoring: Using the Bedside Monitor and 12-Lead ECG for Rhythm Identification
    Advantages and Disadvantages | Proper Electrode Placement for 5-Wire Systems | Best Practice for 
    Bedside Monitoring | Alternative Monitoring Leads | Best Leads for ST-Segment Monitoring | Technical Aspects of ST-Segment Monitoring | Supraventricular Tachycardias | Ventricular Tachycardias | Mechanisms of Aberrant Conduction | Differential Diagnosis of Wide QRS Tachycardias