Noninvasive Cardiac Tests Aid Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease - PT531

Noninvasive Cardiac Tests Aid Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease

by Jane Nelson Worel, APRN-BC, MS, APNP, FAHA
(4.4 / 627 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S. On average, an estimated 2,200 Americans die of CVD every day, an average of one death every 40 seconds. 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 reduce patients’ anxiety about procedures and improve patient adherence. Several common noninvasive cardiac tests, including the ECG, exercise stress test, pharmacological stress test, nuclear scans, CT calcium scan, CT angiography and cardiac MRI will be discussed.


The purpose of this program 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 studying the information presented, you will be able to:
  • Describe the significance of cardiovascular disease in the United States
  • Compare and contrast three cardiac testing methods
  • Explain three reasons to stop an exercise test

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.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1763 for 11/15/11 to 11/15/12, 12S1699 for 11/16/12 to 11/16/13; 13S1869 for 11/17/13 to 11/17/14; 14S1716 from 11/18/14 to 11/18/15; 15S2338 for 11/19/15 to 11/19/16; 16S2254 for 11/20/16 to 11/20/17; 17S6280 for 11/21/17 to 11/21/18), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP110017866 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120018038 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019752 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021544 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024010 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27036 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-538448 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538448 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4117 for 01/16/12 to 01/15/13, 4853 for 01/16/13 to 01/15/14; 5504 for 01/16/14 to 01/15/15; 6092 for 01/16/15 to 01/15/16; 2016-46 for 01/16/16 to 01/15/17; 2016-519 for 01/16/17 to 01/15/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002770 for 01/14/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003889 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE006361 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009896 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 94-2012 from 01/03/12 to 01/31/14; 206-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-368 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19  and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4108 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4598 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 2/23/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/23/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/23/2021


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Janice R - Winter Haven, FL  ·  Sep 17, 2018
Very informative and will be helpful in my current job as a physical therapist.
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Renee C - franklin square, NY  ·  Sep 07, 2018
don't really see relation
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Katrina K - Aledo, TX  ·  Aug 23, 2018
Excellent easy to apply information to acute care population to assist in understanding CVD
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Anthony Z - Farmingville, NY  ·  Jul 14, 2018
a good overview and presented well!
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LOUIS R - modesto, CA  ·  Jul 13, 2018
Better understanding of cardiac testing
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