Noninvasive Cardiac Tests Aid Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease - PT531

Noninvasive Cardiac Tests Aid Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease

by Jane Nelson Worel, MS, ANP-BC, FPCNA, FAHA and Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
(4.5 / 693 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Accurate and swift diagnosis of CVD is crucial for improved patient outcomes. Patient care in many settings may include cardiac procedures as part of a thorough patient evaluation. Healthcare professionals should understand a variety of cardiac tests and the rationale behind them to help facilitate timely testing and patients’ understanding of such tests. This course will review several noninvasive cardiac tests, including the ECG, exercise stress test, pharmacological stress test, nuclear scans, CT calcium scan, CT angiography and cardiac MRI with an emphasis on patient preparation and nursing care.


The goal of this educational course is to contribute to nurses’ and physical therapists’ understanding of a variety of cardiac tests, thus promoting patient education, reducing patient anxiety, and improving patient adherence.
After taking this course, you will be able to:
  • Compare three cardiac testing methods.
  • Explain reasons to stop an exercise test.
  • Identify care needed for those undergoing noninvasive cardiac tests.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physical therapists.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
Tthe OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8314 for 11/22/18 to 11/22/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-538448 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-213 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
The MD State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/23/2019 to 7/31/2021.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 12/17/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/17/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2022


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Diane C - Rhinebeck, NY  ·  Jan 28, 2020
Good review for work as well as personal gain
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Alexis W - hallsville, TX  ·  Dec 29, 2019
good review of cardiac tests for indications and use of drugs administered during each test
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John M - Oldsmar, FL  ·  Nov 12, 2019
Interesting course. Good knowledge.
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Melinda A - Oldsmar, FL  ·  Oct 16, 2019
It was nice to have some explanation to cardiac tests and reasons behind options used for acute setting.
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Caitlin L - Durham, NC  ·  Oct 15, 2019
Good information regarding cardiac tests
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Price: $19.00
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