Heart Failure: Implications for Diagnosis, Medical Management, and Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition

About the Course
This intermediate-level course provides rehabilitation practitioners with an opportunity to review the normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system, the pathophysiology of heart failure, and current medical, surgical, and therapy-based interventions. Appropriate for all therapy-based clinicians who work with persons with heart failure, this intermediate-level course reviews basic examination skills before progressing to the more advanced skills of auscultation and exercise testing interpretation. Upon completion of this course, clinicians will have a stronger grasp of the pathophysiology of heart failure and will be better able to apply current evidence when prescribing a therapy plan of care for this patient population.

Learning Objectives 
  • Describe the incidence, epidemiology, and risk factors of heart failure in the United States.
  • Differentiate between normal and pathological anatomy and physiology of cardiopulmonary function.
  • Describe the diagnosis, etiology, and classification of heart failure.
  • Describe the history and physical examination of a person with heart failure, including applicable screening tools and functional tests.
  • Summarize current pharmacological and surgical interventions for heart failure and their impact on therapy intervention decisions.
  • Describe the role of occupational therapy in providing interventions to individuals with heart failure for health promotion and disease management.

About the Author
Carol Myers, OTR, MA, received a Bachelor of Psychology (BA) from the University of California-Berkeley, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and Master of Arts (MA) in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Westminster, CO. Carol has been an occupational therapist for 38 years, working in skilled nursing, acute care, pediatric medical therapy units, home health (pediatric and adult), and outpatient facilities, as well as in schools. Carol is a certified Health and Wellness coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Carol has published numerous articles for ADVANCE since 2003 and developed three webinars on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders for therapists and Quality Indicators in SNFs Related to Function. She has edited several continuing education courses, in addition to developing a continuing education course through Elite Learning. Carol taught in the first occupational therapy program in Vietnam, and consulted in two special needs classes in India, and an autism center in Nepal in 2019.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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