This cardiovascular course will assist the healthcare provider in their understanding and proficiency in:
A&P and Hemodynamics (1.50 CNE)
- Identifying the role of circulating blood in meeting cellular needs and maintaining homeostasis.
- Describing the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular system.
- Analyzing the relationship between autonomic nervous system response and cardiovascular function.
- Listing the factors that affect cardiac output and explaining its impact on body perfusion.
- Describing the impact of medications on the autonomic nervous system.
Patient Assessment & Diagnostic Tests (1.00 CNE)
- Recognizing auscultation findings of normal and abnormal heart sounds.
- The ability to assess findings of valvular disease and ventricular septal defects and fluid changes within the heart.
- Completing a pertinent cardiovascular patient history and identifying blood tests that are essential for cardiovascular assessment.
- Comparing the noninvasive tests used to evaluate for cardiovascular dysfunction.
- Discussing invasive cardiovascular tests and interventions.
Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure (1.00 CNE)
- Identifying cardiovascular risk factors and metabolic syndrome and describing the signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome.
- Defining diagnostic criteria for unstable angina, ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and non ST-elevation myocardial infarction.
- Evaluating ECG findings while comparing and contrasting ST segment differences in unstable angina, ST-elevation, and non ST-elevation myocardial infarction.
- Examining the potential complications of acute myocardial infarction.
- Differentiating left and right ventricular failure, as well as medical management of each.
- Discussing hemodynamic principles in the following patient populations: cardiogenic shock secondary to left ventricular failure, right ventricular infarction, papillary muscle rupture, acute ventricular septal defect, pulmonary emboli, and hypovolemic shock.
Heart Disease and Injury (1.00 CNE)
- Identifying the signs and symptoms of carotid and peripheral artery disease and the treatment options for each.
- Identifying coronary revascularization procedures, including less invasive approaches.
- The risk factors for aneurysm formation, differentiating between the types of aneurysms and locations and the treatment options available.
- Identifying the various cardiac structures disorders and complications that may occur.
- Explaining the use of a temporary pacemaker and the indications for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Case Studies and Medications (1.00 CNE)
- Identifying the various cardiovascular medications, including their indications, contraindications, dosages, and adverse effects.
- Describing procedures and diagnostic tests used in the cardiovascular arena.
- Identifying the signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Describing common treatments and possible complications associated with cardiovascular care, including post-op complications.
- Identifying risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.