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Everything Cardiac

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Presented by: Karen Marzlin and Cynthia Webner

Course Description:
This course is the cardiac component of the Acute and Critical Care Comprehensive Curriculum

Do you want a comprehensive cardiac review to update and refresh your knowledge? Do you want to expand your expertise in caring for cardiac patients including up to date information on patient management and a thorough review of cardiac skills? Karen and Cindy will guide you to mastery in this Everything Cardiac Course. This course includes a comprehensive discussion of cardiovascular pathophysiology and cardiac skills essential to cardiovascular nursing. This course is packed with clinical applications and practice pearls that you will give you with confidence to practice with excellence.

Course Content:

Cardiovascular Disease States

  • Acute coronary syndrome
    • Treatment of STEMI and Non-ST elevation ACS
    • ECG recognition of injury and ischemia
    • Complications of myocardial infarction
    • Coronary revascularization
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Peripheral venous disease
  • Aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection
  • Heart failure
    • Pathophysiology of reduced and preserved EF heart failure
    • Assessment and diagnostics
    • Pharmacological treatment
    • Device therapy and other non-pharmacological treatments
    • Acute Decompensation and advanced heart failure
  • Valvular heart disease
    • Aortic stenosis
    • Mitral valve regurgitation
    • Transcatheter treatment options
  • Congenital cardiac disorders
    • Decreased V/Q ratio
    • Increased V/Q ratio
  • Cardiomyopathy
    • Dilated
    • Restrictive
    • Hypertrophic
    • Tako Tsubo
  • Inflammatory Heart Disease
    • Pericarditis / Pericardial Effusion / Tamponade
    • Infective endocarditis

Cardiac Skills

  • Heart sounds
    • Systolic and diastolic murmurs
    • Extra heart sounds
  • Bedside Cardiac Exam
    • Orthostatic BP
    • Jugular vein assessment
    • Pulses paradoxus / pulses alternans / electrical alternans
    • Ascites / edema
    • Noninvasive hemodynamic evaluation
  • Dysrhythmias
    • Heart blocks
    • AVNRT / AVRT
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Wide complex tachycardia differentiation
  • Pacemaker basic
  • QT interval monitoring
  • Ventricular assist devices
    • Intra-aortic balloon pump
    • Impella
  • Targeted temperature management
  • Pulmonary artery catheter
  • Functional hemodynamics

Course Objectives:

  1. Synthesize pathophysiology, ECG recognition, treatment, and potential complications of the patient experiencing an acute coronary syndrome.
  2. Contrast the presentation and treatment of peripheral arterial disease to peripheral venous disease.
  3. Describe the rationale for use of beta blockers as the initial strategy in the treatment of aortic dissection.
  4. Differentiate presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of HFrEF from HFpEF.
  5. Define key aspects in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease.
  6. Describe key findings in adults with congenital heart abnormalities.
  7. Explain the differences in in the recognition and treatment of dilated, restrictive, hypertrophic and TakoTsabo cardiomyopathy.
  8. Discuss the presentation and treatment of inflammatory heart diseases involving the pericardium, myocardium, and endocardium.
  9. Apply physiologic concepts of the cardiac cycle to cardiac auscultation and the identification of normal and abnormal heart sounds.
  10. Utilize physical assessment skills to identify normal and abnormal physical examination findings related to myocardial performance.
  11. Identify the 3 primary reasons or cardiac monitoring.
  12. Apply clinical criteria to recognize and identify cardiac arrhythmias.
  13. Recognize the normal pacemaker function of pacemaker pacing, pacemaker capture and pacemaker sensing.
  14. Discuss the purpose of QT interval monitoring.
  15. Identify the value of measuring assisted and unassisted systole and assisted and unassisted diastole in a patient receiving intra-aortic balloon pump therapy.
  16. Discuss key nursing considerations during the cooling, maintenance, re-warming, and post warming phases of targeted temperature management.
  17. Describe the accurate assessment of the RA and PAOP pressures in a patient with a pulmonary catheter.
  18. Explain the role of functional hemodynamics in determining a patient’s volume responsiveness.

Continuing Education:
15.86 CE are granted for completion of this program. CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

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