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Course # 5: Patients With Cardiovascular Disease: Effective Management In Physical And Occupational Therapy BY DR. JOHN LOWMAN


Dr John Lowman PT, PhD, CCS

Course Description

Therapists working with patients/clients with cardiovascular diagnoses are often challenged by the medical complexities their clients present. This two-day course is designed to address these complexities and to provide contemporary strategies for the provision of efficacious physical and occupational therapy.  

The course will review the physiology of the cardiovascular system and principles of exercise physiology, as well as review relevant laboratory tests and basic interpretation of EKG.  Course content also includes the pathophysiology and medical/surgical management of cardiovascular diseases, with an emphasis on the implications for PT and OT.  

The focus will be on health conditions commonly seen by PTs and OTs, including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, electrophysiological disorders (e.g., atrial fibrillation, pacemakers), peripheral arterial disease, and venous thromboembolism (i.e., deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism).

An emphasis will be on an evidence-based evaluation and assessment of impairments and activity limitations, including functional capacity and functional performance testing, as well as on exercise prescription and physical activity recommendations, including resistance, functional, and endurance training, breathing techniques, and energy conservation/work simplification. 

Teaching methods used include lecture, demonstration, and case-based discussions.  This course is designed for participants with a basic to intermediate level of experience.

Contact Hours

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate for 18.0.Continuing Education Hours (18.0 CEH) for Florida and 15.0 contact hours for all other states. This course is approved for 18.0 continuing education hours (18.0 CEH) by Florida Physical Therapy Association (CE17-27976) and by Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 18.0 CEH. This course is also approved for 1.5 CEUs (15.0 contact hours) by AOTA. The Learning and Training Center is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education (AOTA Provider number is 5184). 

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to: 

  • Discuss normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system and the changes that occur with common cardiovascular pathologies
  • Discuss the effects of most commonly used medications in the management of cardiovascular diseases and their impact on physical and occupational therapy
  • Recognize and differentiate symptoms of common cardiovascular health conditions
  • Discuss normal and abnormal responses to exercise 
  • Identify abnormal heart and lung sounds and their implication in the management of patients/clients with cardiovascular health conditions. 
  • Select appropriate test and measures to evaluate patients/clients with cardiovascular health conditions
  • Develop an appropriate plan of care for patients with various cardiovascular health conditions 
  • Assess the patient’s/client's response to interventions and modify interventions as needed 
  • Differentiate between peripheral arterial and venous disease and discuss appropriate interventions

Course Agenda


Time Activity
 7:30 a.m.
 8:00 a.m.
 Cardiovascular system structure and function:  cardiac tissue, heart valves, conduction network and electrical conduction, blood supply
 9:00 a.m.
 Exercise physiology concepts:  aerobic and anaerobic exercise, physiological response to exercise
 10:00 a.m.  
 10: 15 a.m.
 Hypertension and Metabolic syndrome:  incidence, etiology, medical management, therapeutic intervention and exercise/activity guidelines
 11: 15 a.m.  
 Angina, Myocardial Infarction, and  Coronary artery disease:  incidence, etiology, clinical manifestation, medical/surgical management, therapeutic intervention, and exercise/activity guidelines
 12:15 p.m.
 Lunch (On your own)
 1:15 p.m.
 Congestive Heart failure:  incidence, etiology, clinical manifestation, medical/surgical management, therapeutic intervention, and exercise/activity guidelines
 2:45 p.m.
 Cardiac examination:  heart and lung sounds, EKG interpretation, functional capacity and functional performance testing
 3:45 p.m.
 4:00 p.m.
 Cardiac examination, continued
 5:30 p.m.


Time Activity
 7:30 a.m.
 Ageing and cardiovascular disease:  unique challenges of cardiovascular disease in older adults
 8:30 a.m.
 Peripheral arterial disease vs. venous disease:  incidence, etiology, clinical manifestation, medical management, and therapeutic interventions.
 10:15 a.m.
 10:30 a.m.
 Venous thromboembolism (i.e., deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism):  etiology, clinical manifestations, medical management, screening tools, and therapeutic interventions
 11:45 a.m.
 Lunch (on your own)
 12:30 p.m.
 Exercise dosage:  making sure the patient/client is working enough (but not too much)
 2:00 p.m.
 Energy conservation and work simplification
 3:00 p.m.
 Summary Discussion and Questions  
 3:30 p.m.

Upcoming Classes

Minneapolis/Bloomington, MNSeptember 16 - 17, 2017
Registration Deadline : September 14, 2017



DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
7800 Normandale Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Ph: 952-835-7800

This course is approved by Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 15.0 continuing education hours (approval #9950). This course is also approved by Florida Physical Therapy Association for 18.0 CEH. The Learning and Training Center is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education (AOTA provider # 5184).

Meet Our Faculty


I am excited that I will take back new ideas to the clinic and use right away with my patients.
- Samantha B. (PT from Illinois)
Instructor is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ghosh explained complicated topic with ease and simplicity.
- Oliver P. (OT from Kentucy)


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