Advanced Rehabilitation Techniques for Patients with Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease in the Post-Acute Setting

This course has been certified by the FSBPT for Physical Therapy Continuing Education. The FSBPT is recognized as a certifying agency for the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • Successful course completion is based on attendance and participation in all lecture/labs
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Course Description: Do you work in an outpatient clinic or in Home Health and see patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP) disease? As the population ages, these diseases are more and more common. CVP diseases can be difficult to manage and can interfere with the treatment plan by limiting participation or preventing the patient from successfully working toward goals. This course provides an up to date pathophysiology review for the commonly seen cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnoses. You will acquire rehabilitation treatment techniques for adult patients with CVP disease including: primary and secondary prevention for CVD, breathing and airway clearance exercises/techniques and advanced interventions for complex CVP patients. This course also provides a comprehensive study of how CVP outcome measures can be utilized in the rehabilitation setting to assist with case management, discharge recommendations, assessment of deficits, and progression of the treatment plan. Clinical tips will be assimilated into all course material, and content is based on evidence and is designed to allow direct application to the Practitioner’s clinical practice.

Level of Education: Intermediate – Advanced

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to independently:

  1. Explain the pathophysiology of commonly seen CVP diseases,
  2. Perform a chest exam and alter the performance of the fragile CVP patient with breathing and airway clearance techniques,
  3. Select, administer and analyze CVP outcomes measures,
  4. State primary and secondary prevention recommendations, including exercise prescription principles for cardiac patients,
  5. Analyze the impact of ventilation on the respiratory muscles, and incorporate inspiratory muscle training into treatment options for Heart Failure patients,
  6. Interpret the results of exercise tests for patients with CVP disease,
  7. State the purpose, goals and program content and eligibility requirements for outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and
  8. Explain the Medicare guidelines and billing requirements for outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Course Agenda:

Day 1:  Cardiovascular

8-10:  Cardiac Pathophysiology

10-10:15:  Break

10:15-12:15:  Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

12:15-1:15:  Lunch

1:15-3:15:  Cardiovascular Disease Primary and Secondary Prevention/Interventions

3:15-3:30:  Break

3:30-5:30:  Exercise Testing and Prescription (includes case studies)


Day 2:  Pulmonary

8-10:  Pulmonary Pathophysiology

10-10:15  Break

10:15-12:15 Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation

12:15-1:15  Lunch

1:15-3:30  Chest Exam and Breathing/Airway Clearance Exercises (lecture and lab)

3:30-3:45  Break

3:45-5:30  Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Outcome Measures


Clock Hours: 16 hours lecture/lab/discussion – CEUs available


Cost: $425 full conference


*Discounts available for employees affiliated with a hosting center

** Discounts available for groups of 5+ people, please contact for details