Advanced Rehabilitation for Patient’s with Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease

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Date(s) - 05/20/23 - 05/21/23
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Medstar Union Memorial Hospital

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This course provides an up to date and in depth review of cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP) pathophysiology for the commonly seen CVP diagnoses. Clinicians will understand how to determine and recognize severity of disease and how that impacts Physical Therapy (PT) interventions. Participants will learn common CVP diagnostic tests: why tests are performed, how to interpret these tests and how to apply results to PT interventions. You will acquire examination and treatment approaches for adult CVP patients including primary and secondary prevention for CV diseases, PT interventions for patients with CVP diseases, airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises. The new Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment for venous thromboembolism will be presented in case study format to allow for direct implementation. This course also provides a comprehensive study of how CVP outcome measures can be utilized to assist with exercise prescription, case management, discharge recommendations, assessment of deficits, and progression of the treatment plan. Content is based on evidence; clinical tips will be assimilated into all course material to allow direct application to daily patient care experiences.

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. Analyze CVP diagnostic tests and explain how they will impact PT interventions,
  3. State primary and secondary prevention recommendations for CVD,
  4. Interpret vital sign response to be able to appropriately manage CVP patients in all settings,
  5. Create and progress treatment plans for patients with CVP diseases in all settings,

6.Select, administer and interpret CVP outcomes measures,

  1. Perform a thorough PT chest examination,
  2. Integrate breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques for CVP patients into your plan of care, and
  3. Incorporate the new CPG for VTE into PT practice.



Morgan Johanson, PT, MSPT is an ABPTS Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary (CVP) Clinical Specialist and has 20 years of experience practicing Physical Therapy (PT) in the CVP patient population. She is a an APTA certified Advanced Clinical Instructor.  She is ACLS certified.

Morgan is the President of Good Heart Education, a continuing education company that provides live and online seminars in CVP PT and mentoring for the ABPTS CVP Specialty (CCS) Examination. She has worked as a Level 3 Acute Care PT at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and as the Coordinator for the Inpatient and Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS). In addition, she was a Co-Director, mentor and faculty member for the VAAAHS CVP PT Residency Program. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Flint, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toledo, Ohio DPT Program. She treats patients at the Grand Traverse Pavilions Rehabilitation Center.

In 2004, she received the Service Star for excellence in patient care from CPMC. In 2022, she received the Merit Award from the Academy of CVP PT. She is a contributing author to the 4th and 5th Edition of the Essentials of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy by Ellen Hillegass. She is a member of the APTA, the Academy of CVP PT, APTA Acute Care, APTA Michigan Chapter, and the AACVPR.



Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, PT and OT Assistants practicing in all settings with patients who have CVP diagnoses



Day 1: Cardiovascular

8-9: Cardiovascular Pathophysiology

9-10:CV Diagnostic Testing

(15 minute break)

10:15-12:30: Cardiovascular Interventions

(30 minute lunch break)

1-3: Venous Thromboembolism

(15 minute break)

3:15-5: Complex CV Patients


Day 2: Pulmonary

8-9: Pulmonary Pathophysiology

9-10: Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing

(15 minute break)

10:15– 11:15: CVP Outcome Measures

11:15-12:30: CVP Chest Examination

(30 minute lunch break)

1-3: Breathing Exercises and Airway Clearance Techniques, Pulmonary Interventions

(15 minute break)

3:15-5: Complex Pulmonary Patients



16 hours lecture/lab/discussion – CEUs available



$475 per person

*Discounts available for employees affiliated with a hosting center

* Discounts available for groups of 5 or more contact for details


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