Cardiac patients often have complex medical histories and comorbidities… and managing these complexities while providing personalized care can be demanding.
Cardiac emergencies require swift, accurate decisions... and you must act quickly and efficiently to save lives. Cardiac technologies and treatment options are rapidly evolving… making it difficult to stay current.
This course will help you navigate these challenges, ensuring you are prepared to provide high-quality care to your patients.
- Red flags for when cardiac testing is needed stat
- 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
This course is for all clinicians who care for patients with cardiovascular conditions… including NPs, PAs, MDs, Dos, CNS, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
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.
Cardiac Diagnostics and Interventions Course
Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
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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
- B-type natriuretic peptide
- 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 tests?
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?
- 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)
Plus, you get four BONUS SESSIONS… valued at $559.96
Rebecca Bierle, MSN, APRN, ENP
Rebecca Bierle, MSN, APRN, ENP, is an electrophysiology nurse practitioner at Regional Health Heart and Vascular Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota. Rebecca has been recognized for her clinical excellence and leadership in heart failure.
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- Rhythm control vs rate control
- Stroke prevention (DOAC, warfarin & left atrial appendage closure device)
- Risk for tachyarrhythmia induced heart failure
- Pharmacological treatment
- Non-pharmacological treatment
- Patient education
- CV surgery part
- Electrophysiology part
- Implantable cardiac monitors
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Emergency department presentation
- Appropriate vs inappropriate
- MRI conditional vs nonconditional
- End-of-life care/deactivation
- Patient education
Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC
Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC, has been a nurse for nearly 30 years specializing in intensive care. A nationally known speaker, She works for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota continuing her passion for bedside nursing in critical care.
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- Cardiac Output (CO) = Heart Rate (HR) x Stroke Volume (SV)
- Normal and abnormal values for multiple cardiac findings
- Heart Rate – too fast or too slow
- Stroke Volume
- Preload – “dry or over-tanked up”/Afterload – manipulating the pressure the heart pushes against to move blood forward
- Contractility – too much or too little squeeze
- How the initiation of drugs and fluid options can manipulate the equation
- Swan Ganz catheters
- FloTrac®/Vigileo Device
- Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps
- Understand the rationale behind medication selection
Stacie Ward-Santangelo, RN, MS, APN, CHFN, CCNS
Stacie R. Ward-Santangelo, RN, MS, APN, CHFN, CCNS, works as an advanced practice nurse in cardiology and heart failure with Community Physicians. Additionally, she is charged with working with various facilities, and her esteemed colleagues, developing ‘skilled heart units’ in nursing and rehab facilities across the Chicagoland area. Stacie is board-certified in advanced heart failure and cardiology. She has extensive experience working in respected and growing cardiac programs in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She is responsible for the program development of cardiac transplantation and mechanical support programs, which are successful and viable today.
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- What is really causing the failure
- Shutting it down
- The VIM's:Beta adrenergic blockers
- The VIM's:ACEi/ ARB’s
- The VIM's:Where’s ALDO?
- The VIM's:The new player: ARNI
- The VIM's:SGLT2 inhibition
- Critical importance of appropriate integration
- Tips and tricks for patient tolerance
- Do HF patients ALWAYs need diuretics?
- Subclasses of diuretics to consider
- Thiazides and thiazide-like diuretics
- Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
- Potassium-sparing diuretics
- Osmotic diuretics
- Electrophysiology involvement
- PA pressure system
- Using monitoring to up-titrate GDMT
- Social media as patient support
- Support groups for patients with heart failure
- Referral to HF specialist
- Treating the cause
- Cardiac transplantation
Cheryl Hermann, RN, MS, APRN, CCRN, CCNS-CSC/CMC
Cheryl Herrmann, RN, MS, APRN, CCRN, CCNS-CSC/CMC, works as an advanced practice nurse in cardiology and heart failure with Community Physicians. Additionally, she is charged with working with various facilities, and her esteemed colleagues, developing ‘skilled heart units’ in nursing and rehab facilities across the Chicagoland area. Stacie is board-certified in advanced heart failure and cardiology. She has extensive experience working in respected and growing cardiac programs in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She is responsible for the program development of cardiac transplantation and mechanical support programs, which are successful and viable today.
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- ACE Inhibitors
- Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
- Angiotensin Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitor
- Nitrates and Hydralazine
- Sodium Glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors
- Optimizing outcomes with titrations of medications
- Calcium Channel Blockers
- Rhythm vs Rate Control
- Calcium Channel Blockers
This course will change your career!
Register now and master the complex concepts you need to advance your skillset and save lives with real-life examples and case studies! Within days, or hours, you’ll get hundreds of proven techniques and methods that will help you:
- Improve the quality of life for heart failure patients and slow down readmissions.
- Skillfully identify challenging atypical cardiac presentations.
- Master 12-lead EKG concepts and respond more appropriately to crises.
- Incorporate clinical pearls of EKG interpretation into daily practice.
- Analyze challenging case studies to recognize the borderline and abnormal findings that you may have previously missed.
- Prescribe the best medications for your patients…and manage their response, side effects, and dosages.
- Implement new nonpharmacological treatments for heart failure patients in your clinical setting.
- Master the various cardiovascular implantable electronic devices.
- Be prepared to initiate cardiac resynchronization therapy, cardioversion, and ablation.
- Collaborate with the team for interventional cardiology such as cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, and stent placement...
... and so much more!
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Be one of the first 30 people to register and you’ll also get a free book!
An additional $35.00 Value!
Fast Facts Workbook for Cardiac Dysrhythmias and 12-Lead EKGs
By: PAUL L. DESMARAIS, PHD, RN, CCRN
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This workbook presents a multitude of practice examples to help critical care students and practitioners grasp and excel at key concepts of 12-Lead EKG and dysrhythmia interpretation. Designed to supplement any established dysrhythmia textbook, this straightforward resource is ideal for new graduates and nurses who are considering a switch to critical or acute care. This book distills complexities of the 12-Lead to determine if a patient is safe or at risk.
Fast Facts Workbook for Cardiac Dysrhythmias and 12-Lead EKGs delivers instruction on all foundational aspects of EKG interpretation. It contains numerous practice examples with instant feedback to provide nursing students with much-needed reinforcement of this often-challenging content. Feedback includes a detailed discussion of the “why” behind the diagnosis and treatment often missed by students and beginning clinicians.
- Delivers a handy practice workbook on EKG interpretation for new and experienced critical and acute care nurses and students in these specialty areas
- Organized to present information from simple to complex
- Includes numerous practice strips and exemplars with detailed information on correct interpretation, treatment, and discussion
- Feedback on exemplars promotes critical thinking and clinical understanding
- Can be used effectively with all current EKG instructional resources to provide much-needed practice examples
Features over 80 practice strips