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Digital Seminar

Module 1: Cardiac Disorders & Diagnostics

Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC
Full Day
Audio and Video
Feb 12, 2016
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Module 1: Cardiac Disorders & Diagnostics

The complete manual for the Cardiac Disorders & Diagnostics section of this online course is available for download on the "Handouts" tab. It contains the information used in the presentation in black and white printable format.

This section of the presentation begins on the page marked 58 of the PDF and goes through page marked 68 at item C Bi–ventricular pacing of the PDF.


  • Systolic vs. Diastolic Heart Failure
  • Classification Systems
  • Medication Management
  • Biventricular Packing and ICD's
  • Short-term Interventions: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps and Impellas



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Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC's Profile

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Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC, has been a nurse for nearly 30 years specializing in intensive care. She earned her legal nurse consultant training through the Vickie Milazzo Institute in 2008 and has worked on over 200 cases for both plaintiff and defense. Her role has included analyzing medical records, determining merit, assisting with client interviews, attending medical appointments, locating testing experts, completing chronologies, reviewing billing for accuracy, deposition/jury question development, and assisting in court strategy development. She has served as a testifying expert for 16 cases. Cyndi is a renowned national seminar speaker having spoken for numerous companies since 2008, including her own, Clinical Review Consultants. She works for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota continuing her passion for bedside nursing in critical care.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cynthia Zarbano is the owner of Clinical Review Consultants and has an employment relationship with Mayo Mankato. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cynthia Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Additional Info

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Cardiovascular Technology Professionals, Nurses and other Health Care Professionals


  1. Explain the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure using a simple hand gesture to recognize ventricular dysfunction for each.
  2. Simulate heart failure using the American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology tool and identify intervention goals for each stage.
  3. Compare and contrast the use of the Impella device and intra-aortic balloon pumps in severe cardiac impairment.
  4. Employ a simple monitoring technique to help differentiate if the patient is having an atrial dysrhythmia or not.
  5. Identify EKG clues to patients having aberrant pathways.
  6. Breakdown Takotsubo as a type of dilated cardiomyopathy and state interventions to bridge that diagnosis to a return of normal ventricular function.
  7. Recognize changes in Hypothermia Protocol and lessons that have been learned through the years to achieve better outcomes.


The Failing Heart: HF Diagnosis & Current Management Priorities

  • Systolic vs. Diastolic Heart Failure
  • Classification Systems
  • Medication Management
  • Biventricular Pacing & Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
  • Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump & Impellas

Fast & Slow Dysrhythmias

  • Choosing Your Monitor Leads Wisely
  • Using the Lewis Lead
  • Identifying AV Passive & Active Tachycardias
  • Identifying Aberrant Pathways
  • Atrial Fibrillation with WPW
  • AV Node Re-entry Tachycardia
  • Mono and Polymorphic V-Tachs
  • Heart Blocks

Cardiomyopathies & Channelopathies

  • Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathies
    • Diluted
    • Hypertrophic
    • Arrhythmogenic
  • Takotsubo Syndrome
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • LQTS & Other Channelopathies

MI Mimics

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW)
  • LBBB & Ventricular Paced Rhythms
  • Pericarditis
  • Early Repoloarization
  • Prinzmetal (Variant) Angina
  • Hypo & Hyperkalemia
  • Hypothermia Protocol
    • Updates & New Changes



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 3


Bernadette D

"Really love this course. Very relevant to my profession."

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