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Comprehensive Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Presented by: Karen Marzlin and Cynthia Webner

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Course Description:

This is a newly recorded (2022) comprehensive cardiovascular course for RNs, APRNs and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with cardiovascular disease in any setting within the healthcare system and who desire a strong pharmacology knowledge base to provide exceptional evidence-based care and improve patient outcomes.

This 2-day course takes a deep dive into Cardiovascular Pharmacology used in the management of adult / gerontologic patients in all settings of care. Content is presented from the advanced practice provider perspective while including practical application content for nurses at the point of care. Throughout the program you will be engaged with clinical examples and case studies. You will be challenged to apply new knowledge to your own practice.

Course content includes guideline recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Key learning points include clinical decision making, patient safety, advocacy, pearls for prescribing, patient education, and optimal point of care practices. Through a patient centered and physiological approach to learning, this program is designed to equip you with knowledge to take your practice to the next level.

Course Content:

  • Impacting Cardiac Output
  • Medications in Refractory Shock
  • Sedative and Neuromuscular Blockers in Critical Care
  • Antiarrhythmic Safety
  • HTN Management
  • Risk Reduction in PAD
  • Medications & Renal Function
  • Evidence Based ACS Tx Updates
  • Algorithms for Dyslipidemia
  • Diabetes Meds Beyond Diabetes
  • Pharmacology to Stop Smoking
  • Complexities in Heart Failure
  • Solutions to Nonadherence
  • Medication Safety

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of vasoactive medications to the improvement of myocardial performance.
  • Explore treatment options in refractory shock.
  • Differentiate risk /benefits of antiarrhythmics medications based on Vaughan Williams classification.
  • Contrast pharmacologic treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF) with a rate control versus a rhythm control strategy.
  • Examine the specific criteria for the new direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in AF.
  • Utilizing evidence based (EB) guidelines, develop a systematic approach to the assessment and treatment of hypertension.
  • Differentiate between renally cleared medication and nephrotoxic drugs.
  • Discuss the role of statin therapy in reducing cardiovascular risk and achieving guideline recommended lipid goals.
  • Identify an approach to the evaluation and management of statin intolerance.
  • Examine the tiered approach for oral agents in the treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM) type 2.
  • Determine the appropriate use of SGLT2 inhibitors in treating HF in patients with and without DM type 2.
  • Evaluate pharmacological treatment strategies for tobacco cessation.
  • Discuss EB pharmacologic treatment strategies for HFrEF and HFpEF.
  • Outline strategies for initiation and up titration of medications in patients with heart failure.
  • Compare pharmacologic treatment options for the short term and long-term treatment of STEMI, NSTE-ACS, and stable coronary artery disease (CAD).
  • Contrast the use of fibrinolytics, anticoagulants and antiplatelet therapy in patients with CAD, PE, and stroke.
  • Determine practice changes that could improve patient safety with medication reconciliation.
  • Develop strategies to improve patient medication adherence through understanding patient barriers.

Continuing Education:

14.0 hours of continuing education will be offered with this program. All 14.0 hours are approved as pharmacology continuing education that meets criteria for advanced practice nurses who cares for adult patients. CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

This online course includes 24/7 access to the course videos for 12 months from the time of purchase. The full course handout is available for free download at the time of purchase.

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