Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure in Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings

Presented by James Carlson, MPT, CCS

Meet Your Instructor

  • James Carlson, MPT, CCS
    James Carlson, MPT, CCS

    Mr. Carlson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology (1996) and his Masters in Physical Therapy (1999) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has delivered numerous CE courses on cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for the WPTA and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In 2015, he instructed a course entitled Cardiopulmonary Essentials: Applications to Clinical Practice for the Army-Baylor DPT program as a distinguished lecturer. He has been an Honorary Associate/Fellow for the University of Wisconsin – Madison since 2009, where he has been the lead instructor for The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Aspects of PT course. He received his Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist Certification through the APTA in 2012. He developed the curriculum and serves as the lead mentor for the William S. Middleton VA’s Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Residency program. For the past 18 years he has served as the Lead PT for the William S. Middleton VA Hospital’s Heart and Lung Transplant program and Cardiopulmonary Specialty Clinic.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate the pathophysiology between systolic and diastolic heart failure
  • Understand medical management of systolic and diastolic heart failure
  • Recognize signs, symptoms and those at risk for decompensated heart failure
  • Understand exercise hemodynamic considerations for clinical decision making 
  • Utilize medical diagnostic testing to assist with clinical decision making 
  • Demonstrate a stepwise approach for assessment and treatment of the heart failure patient


5:00pm-5:30pm Chapter 1: Pathophysiology & Medical Management
5:30pm-5:55pm Chapter 2: Decompensated Heart Failure
5:55pm-6:15pm Chapter 3: Exercise Response in Heart Failure
6:15pm-6:25pm Break
6:25pm-6:50pm Chapter 4: Clinical Assessment and Treatment
6:50pm-7:10pm Chapter 5: Using Diagnostic Testing for Clinical Decision Making
7:10pm-7:40pm Chapter 6: Case Studies
7:40pm-7:45pm Break
7:45pm-8:15pm Question & Answer Session