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Advanced Rehabilitation for Patient’s with Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease

March 9 & 10, 2024
611 Abbott Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
Education Center Room
Pinnacle 1 & 2 – Simulation Lab

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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,
  7. Perform a thorough PT chest examination,
  8. Integrate breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques for CVP patients into your plan of care, and
  9. Incorporate the new CPG for VTE into PT practice.

“Course was very thorough, engaging and I learned a lot”

“Appreciate the clinical insights along with lecture material”

“For my first ConEd course, this was awesome. I hope my future courses live up to this one”

“Thank you for a wonderful course”

“Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter. Very excited to implement this information into my own practice”

FACULTY BIOGRAPHY: 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 Minnesota Chapter, and the AACVPR.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Professionals, Exercise Physiologists, Registered Nurses, PT and OT Assistants practicing in all settings with patients who have CVP diagnoses.


Day 1: Cardiovascular

8-9: Cardiovascular Pathophysiology (lecture)

9-10:CV Diagnostic Testing (lecture) (15 minute break)

10:15-12:30: Cardiovascular Interventions (lecture) (30 minute lunch break)

1-3: Venous Thromboembolism (lecture) (15 minute break)

3:15-5: Complex CV Patients (lecture)

Day 2: Pulmonary

8-9: Pulmonary Pathophysiology (lecture)

9-10: Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing (lecture) (15 minute break)

10:15-11:15: CVP Outcome Measures (Lecture)

11:15-12:30: CVP Chest Examination (Lab) (30 minute lunch break)

1-3: Breathing Exercises and Airway Clearance Techniques, Pulmonary Interventions (lecture/ lab) (15 minute break)

3:15-5: Complex Pulmonary Patients (lecture)

CLOCK HOURS: 16 contact hours of lecture/lab/discussion – CEUs available

PRICE: $475 per person

*If you are a Salinas Valley Health employee contact Jessica Graziano at 759-3895 for the coupon registration code.*

Lab Faculty to Student Ratio: 16:1