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Digital Seminar

2-Day: Cardiac Diagnostics and Interventions Course

Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
12 Hours 26 Minutes
Audio and Video
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


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see the statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Earn up to 12.25 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 360 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 6.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 12.25 contact hours. Expires: 09/21/2025.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 12.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 12.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 12.25 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 12/05/2022. It was last reviewed on 09/22/2025 and is valid until 09/22/2025.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Physicians Assistants - Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 12.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 12/05/2022. It was last reviewed on 09/22/2022 and is valid until 09/22/2025


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Cardiovascular Technology Professionals

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) recognizes programs and providers approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This self-study package will qualify for 12.25 contact hour.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 12.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS's Profile

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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 infectious disease and multi-system organ failure patients.

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 educational 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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