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Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacology Course

Paul Langlois, APN, Ph.D., CCRN, CCNS, CNRN
Full Day
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Akron, Ohio
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Now more than ever, clinicians are challenged to prescribe the proper medications to treat various – and often complex – cardiovascular diagnoses.

Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, has developed this intense one-day educational event to improve your patients’ responses to their cardiac medication regimens. You will immediately elevate your pharmacological expertise and earn up to 6.3 pharmacology CE hours!

Regardless of your setting, you must be prepared to manage cardiac conditions and prevent a cardiac emergency. Dr. Langlois will provide practical tools and tips that will make your job easier. He understands that you could literally spend hours every day researching novel and traditional cardiac medications; their indications, contraindications, drug interactions and evaluation of response to the treatments. Instead allow Dr. Langlois to synthesize everything you need to know to safely and effectively manage your cardiac patients with skill and confidence.

You can expect the very latest pharmacological strategies for Antiarrhythmics, Anticoagulants, Anti-platelet and Thrombolytics, Antihypertensives, Cholesterol Lowing Drugs, Hypoglycemic Agents …. And more!

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live event. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether live activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. 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. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

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.

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.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Cardiovascular Technology Professionals

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) recognizes programs and providers approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This course will qualify for 6.3 contact hours.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This program offers 380 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 6.3 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.25 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

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 6.0 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes 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, Ph.D., CCRN, CCNS, CNRN's Profile

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Dr. Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, is a critical care clinical specialist in the surgical, medical, neurologic, burn, CCU and trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. As a bedside clinical nurse specialist, he has developed several institution-wide protocols for the multidisciplinary assessment and management of the cardiac, neurologic, septic, and multi-system organ failure patient. Drawing on over 30 years of experience assessing and managing patients with life-threatening diseases, Paul provides advanced-level training to nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and physicians. Paul's presentations are evidence-based, timely and provide participants with case studies to facilitate critical thinking.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Paul Langlois has an employment relationship with Cook County Hospital. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Paul Langlois has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 60 minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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Facility Details

This facility requires face coverings for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. As COVID-19 policies are subject to change, please contact the facility for the most up to date information.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Cardiovascular Technologists
  • Pharmacists


  1. Distinguish the need for cardiac medications and the need for electrolytes or fluids to improve cardiac output.
  2. Analyze the anti-arrhythmic medications which would benefit your specific patient.
  3. Plan a list of medications which a STEMI or NSTEMI patient would be expected to take.
  4. Measure the therapeutic outcome of the STEMI or NSTEMI medications.
  5. Manage the cardiac work-up and medications for patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or COVID-long haulers.
  6. Formulate a monitoring plan for your heart failure patient.
  7. Differentiate medication options for patients with hypertension.
  8. Distinguish between the cholesterol lowering medication.
  9. Choose the best hypoglycemic agent based upon my patient’s presentation and laboratory parameters.
  10. Determine the cardiac medications the pregnant woman can and cannot take.


Hemodynamics and Shock
  • Pre-load, afterload and contractility
  • What about administering electrolytes to improve cardiac function?
  • Fluids – which ones and how much?
  • Vasoactive medications – do not ever mix these medications
  • Neurotransmitters and receptors – more than alpha and beta receptors
  • Case studies in patients with compromised cardiac output, ventricular fibrillation
  • Sodium, calcium and potassium blocking medications
  • What can be given IV, PO, SQ, IO … and how much
  • Must know pearls for monitoring all the anti-arrhythmic medications
  • Case studies in patients with atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia, PSVT
SARS-CoV-2 and cardiac function
  • Blood pressure management
  • Angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2) receptor and SARS-CoV-2
  • Management of Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or COVID-long haulers
Medications for Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aspirin – this is not a benign medication
  • Medications to administer in the ED
  • Medications for cardiac catherization lab patients
  • Watch out for contrast induced nephropathy – with laboratory parameters to monitor
  • Medications to aid in smoking cessation
  • Anticoagulants, anti-platelet and thrombolytic medications
  • Case studies in STEMI and N-STEMI
Heart Failure Pharmacology
  • Not just ACEs and ARBs now – guideline updates for 2021
  • Diuretics – demystifying what is the best diuretic for your patient
  • New medication category for treatment of heart failure
  • Case studies and medications in HFrEF and HFpEF
What’s New in Treatment of Hypertension – A Lot!
  • Treatment options for primary or secondary hypertension
  • Calcium channel blockers – what to do if your patient overdoses
  • Beta-blockers – what criteria is considered to increase or decrease dose?
  • Vasodilators – watch out for change in electrolytes when giving this medication
  • Do not mix these anti-hypertensive medications
How to Lower LDL and Raise HDL Cholesterol
  • Familial versus non-familial hyper-cholesterolemia
  • Statins and a whole lot more
  • Latest monoclonal antibodies to manage cholesterol
  • Case studies in patients with altered lipid levels
Hypoglycemic Agents
  • 9 major categories of hypoglycemic agents … and counting – which is best for my patient?
  • Monitoring laboratory data – not just blood sugar now
  • Latest recommendations from the American Diabetic Association
  • Case studies with patients taking hypoglycemic agents
Pregnancy and Cardiac Medications
  • What medications are safe – up to which trimester
  • Which cardiac medications to avoid regardless of the stage of pregnancy



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