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Emergency Management of Cardiovascular Conditions

presented by Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

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Financial: Katie Whetstone receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Katie Whetstone has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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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Video Runtime: 62 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 36 Minutes

Cardiovascular emergencies are unfortunately common in the sporting population; therefore, it is crucial for the sports physical therapist to be able to identify those at risk for cardiovascular conditions and to be able to react quickly and effectively in case of a cardiac emergency. In this course, Katie Whetstone (sports physical therapist) will review common cardiovascular conditions and emergencies in the athlete, as well as review the pathophysiology of sickle cell trait and its implications in the athlete.

Meet Your Instructor

Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS

Dr. Katie Whetstone is a board-certified clinical specialist in the area of sports physical therapy and a full-time faculty member at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Katie has a Bachelor of Science degree in the area of exercise science as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She also completed formal sports…

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1. Cardiovascular Conditions in the Athlete

This chapter will introduce common conditions that are associated with sudden cardiac death and address athletic participation for those with known cardiovascular conditions. The use of preparticipation exams to screen for cardiovascular disorders will be discussed.

2. Sickle Cell Trait

This chapter discusses the unusual situation of sickle cell trait in an athlete. Katie Whetstone covers exertional sickling, situations that affect sickling, and death as a result of sickle cell trait. Finally, this chapter covers the signs and symptoms of sickling, and precautions and treatment for athletes with sickle cell trait.

3. Sudden Cardiac Death

This chapter provides an overview of sudden cardiac death in athletes and discusses the role of the sports physical therapist in the emergency response to a cardiovascular-compromised athlete.

4. Emergency Response for Cardiovascular Conditions

In this lab simulation chapter, Todd Arnold and Katie Whetstone will review the use of the most important tool available in cardiovascular emergencies: the automated external defibrillator.

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