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Digital Seminar

2-Day: Cardiac Diagnostics and Interventions Course

Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
Approx. 12 Hours
Dec 05, 2022
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Nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and even physicians have told me that they are apprehensive to prescribe, administer or send a patient for a cardiac intervention or diagnostic test due to a lack of confidence and up-to-date knowledge. I understand the challenge…as there is a lot to understand when making these critical patient decisions.

I’m Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, a critical care clinical specialist in the surgical, medical, neurologic, burn, CCU and trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Throughout my career I have assisted countless healthcare providers overcome fears associated with ordering and interpreting cardiac tests. If a test or intervention were ordered inadvertently, we may not get the information we need to make informed decisions or worse….we could cause potentially dire patient consequences.

During this comprehensive training event, you can expect to learn:

  • Red flags that intensive cardiac testing is required
  • Radiology options as an assessment AND intervention
  • Implications of overlooked genetic cardiac tests
  • Lifesaving cardiac therapeutics – including the PROMeNADe study
  • Up to date guidelines for cardiac interventions
  • The impact of common medications on cardiac testing

But that’s not all! I will be sharing some of my unforgettable, real-world case studies after each major section to reinforce your learning. Together we will evaluate laboratory data, ECG results, ECHO cardiograms, physical assessment findings and clinical pearls to interpret the diagnostic interventions. The only thing that is missing during this event is the antiseptic smell of the hospital…

Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS


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Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, is a critical care clinical specialist in the Surgical, Medical, Neurologic, Burn, CCU and Trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Drawing on over 40 years of experience assessing and managing patients with life-threatening diseases, Dr. Langlois provides advanced-level training to nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists and physicians.

Dr. Langlois is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients through advanced education. His presentations are evidence-based, timely and provide participants with numerous case studies to facilitate critical thinking. As a bedside clinical nurse specialist, he has developed several institution-wide protocols for the multidisciplinary assessment and management of the infectious disease and multi-system organ failure patient.

His presentations are enthusiastically delivered and offer highly practical tips that help make the most challenging concepts easy to understand. Linking knowledge to clinical practice is the goal of every education program.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Langlois has employment relationships with Cook County Hospital and Emergency Care Consultants. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paul Langlois is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

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  1. Distinguish the need for invasive and noninvasive cardiac interventions and diagnostic tests.
  2. Determine how SARS-CoV-2 affects the heart both acute and chronically.
  3. Investigate medications which impact every cardiac intervention.
  4. Practice patient preparation and aftercare of cardiac interventions and diagnostics.
  5. Analyze cardiac laboratory parameters for the cardiac patient.
  6. Evaluate genetic diagnostics which are either directly or indirectly linked to cardiac conditions.
  7. Interpret normal and abnormal echocardiographic results.
  8. Appraise common medications which affect echocardiographic findings.
  9. Analyze the need for CT, MRI, PET scan and angiography.
  10. Formulate a monitoring plan for your patient who received an intra-aortic balloon pump or ventricular assist device.
  11. Differentiate the types of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
  12. Distinguish the need for a permanent pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator cardioverter.
  13. Evaluate the patient selection criteria for transcatheter aortic valve replacement and open-heart surgery.


Electrocardiogram and Electrophysiology
  • What you must know when looking at a 12-lead ECG
  • When medications do not work – now what?
  • Six red flags which indicate greater testing is required
Laboratory Blood and Urine Tests
  • Troponins
  • B-type natriuretic peptide
  • D-dimer
  • Electrolytes
  • Thyroid function
  • Lipid panel
  • Arterial blood gas interpretation
  • Urine for catecholamines and protein
Genetic Testing for Cardiac Conditions – Often Overlooked
  • Inherited cardiac genetic tests for arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, familial hypercholesterolemia & more
  • Risk stratification of the cardiac condition for potential parents
  • What are the therapeutic options based on genetic test?
Echocardiography is THE Test You Must Know
  • When to order an ECHO – what does this really tell the practitioner?
  • Five steps to ECHO cardiogram interpretation
  • The ECHO colors tell you so much
  • What do ECHO bubble studies inform us about the heart
Radiology: An Assessment and Intervention for the Cardiac Patient
  • Chest radiograph – what do you need to look for in your cardiac patient?
  • Computerized tomography
  • Magnet resonance imaging of the heart
  • Cardiac angiography – it is more than just vessels
  • Positron emission tomography – what will this test tell you?
Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiac catheterization –clarity of blood flow
  • Balloon angioplasty and stent placement – difference in the type of stents?
  • Cardioversion and ablation – patient selection criteria is vital
  • MAZE procedure
  • Cardiac stress testing – the dos and don’ts
  • Mechanical thrombectomy – patient assessment pre- and post-procedure
  • Valvular treatments: transcatheter aortic valve replacement, balloon valvuloplasty and open-heart surgery
Life-Saving Cardiac Therapeutics
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump considerations
  • Ventricular assist device - not just for the ICU patient anymore
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – selecting between the three types
  • Impella Heart Pump: indications, contraindications and monitoring
  • Pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator cardioverter; some ICD are MRI compatible (PROMeNADe study)

Target Audience

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurses
  • Interventional Cardiac Technologists
  • Stress Test Technicians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physicians


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