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Cardiovascular Examination Part 2: Valvular Diseases

presented by Richard Severin, PT, DPT, PhD(c), CCS

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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As a potential first entry point into the healthcare system, the cardiovascular examination is a vital component of the clinical examination. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that the risk profiles for individuals at risk for the development of low back pain and osteoarthritis, the most common diagnoses treated by physical therapists, are nearly identical to those for heart disease. Common interventions utilized by physical therapists, such as resistance training, aerobic training, and manual therapy, all generate a hemodynamic response. Therefore, proficient competency in performing a thorough cardiovascular examination is critical for physical therapists.

This series of courses will train physical therapists and other rehab professionals on how to perform and interpret a thorough cardiovascular examination related to some of the most common conditions encountered in the clinic. Each course will include a review of the pathophysiology for each condition and introduce relevant examination techniques and interpretation. This course will cover topics related to cardiac valve disorders.

Meet Your Instructor

Richard Severin, PT, DPT, PhD(c), CCS

Rich Severin is a board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist. Dr. Severin graduated from the University of Miami with his doctor of physical therapy degree in 2013, followed by a cardiopulmonary residency at the William S. Middleton VA Medical Center/University of Wisconsin-Madison, and orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, he…

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1. Pathophysiology Review of Valvular Disease

Registrants will review the pathophysiological mechanisms of valvular disease to better appreciate the disease processes observed in clinic and gain an understanding of how common valvular diseases may influence the response to interventions provided in clinical practice.

2. Prevalence and Common Symptoms

To further appreciate the importance of a cardiovascular examination, registrants will learn the prevalence of valvular diseases in physical therapy practice, based on epidemiological studies. In order to develop clinical pattern recognition, a detailed presentation of common signs and symptoms will be presented for common valvular syndromes and conditions.

3. Clinical Examination Techniques

Registrants will obtain competency with the following examination techniques in order to perform a thorough vascular examination, and learn how to appropriately interpret the findings from these techniques.

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