Physical Therapist Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions in the Geriatric Client

Presented by Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

Meet Your Instructor

  • Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
    Melissa Bednarek, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

    Dr. Melissa Bednarek received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and Psychology from St. Bonaventure University, followed by a Master of Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnemann University. Following four years of acute care experience, she returned to graduate school to complete a PhD in Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009, she joined the faculty in the DPT Program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches exercise physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and the pharmacology thread in the curriculum. In addition to teaching, she has continued to practice in home health and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy in 2014.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain appropriate technique to obtain a pulse, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation.
  • Explain appropriate technique to obtain an accurate blood pressure.
  • Demonstrate appropriate technique to auscultate heart sounds. 
  • Explain appropriate technique to auscultate lung sounds.
  • Determine appropriateness for aerobic exercise based on results of a cardiopulmonary exam.  


5:00pm-5:10pm Chapter 1: Introduction
5:10pm-5:30pm Chapter 2: Vital Signs: Pulse, Respiratory Rate, & Oxygen Saturation
5:30pm-6:00pm Chapter 3: Vital Signs: Blood Pressure
6:00pm-6:30pm Chapter 4: Cardiac Auscultation
6:30pm-6:40pm Break
6:40pm-7:10pm Chapter 5: Pulmonary Auscultation
7:10pm-7:40pm Chapter 6: Interpretation & Appropriateness of Exercise
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question & Answer Session