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Cardiac Pharmacology

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Course Description

This one-day pharmacology course is designed to introduce concepts of how drugs are developed and basic pharmacokinetics. The actions of various classifications of drugs including beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, statins and anticoagulants will also be explored. The course is intended for nurses at the bedside, educators and advanced practice nurses.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the process for developing drugs.
  • Understand basic pharmacokinetics.
  • Identify important concepts of pharmacokinetics in the elderly.
  • Discuss the use and action of beta blockers, ACE inhibitors (ACEI), angiotensin blockers (ARBs), statins and various anticoagulants.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Drug Development and Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in the Elderly
    Pre-Clinical, Phase I, II, III | Post-Marketing Surveillance, Orphan Drugs | Introduction to Basic Pharmacokinetics | Protein Binding and Metabolism, Drug Actions, CYP-450 System, P-Glycoprotein, Excretion and Creatinine Clearance
  • Basic Cardiac Function
    Pathophysiology | Medications
  • Beta Blockers
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • ACEI | ARBs
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Additional AHA Recommended Medications
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Statins | Anticoagulants | Platelet Inhibitors
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
    Pathophysiology | Disease Classification | Medication
  • Questions and Wrap-Up