How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? - PT584

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

by Anne Marie Meyer, MSN, RN, C-FNP, CCDS
(4.5 / 233 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Stress cardiomyopathy (also known as transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome) is a condition that mimics a myocardial infarction in the absence of significant coronary artery disease. Stress cardiomyopathy causes a temporary ballooning, or hyperexpansion, of the apical portion of the left ventricle. Broken heart syndrome is a real condition. Even though the incidence is unknown and the pathogenesis is not fully understood, an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical management are possible after a clinical history and minimally invasive testing. With appropriate diagnosis, treatment is likely to succeed with no long-term complications. Early recognition of the condition and immediate, appropriate care can be instrumental in the recovery of these otherwise healthy people. This module discusses current theories about the origin of stress cardiomyopathy, diagnosis, and treatment.


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform nurses, physical therapists, and physicians about the features of and the medical treatments and interventions for stress cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of stress cardiomyopathy
  • Distinguish stress cardiomyopathy from an acute myocardial infarction
  • Describe three implications in the treatment of people with stress cardiomyopathy

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, physical therapists and physicians.
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 NY State Education Dept.  of CE 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 PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy CE sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/18.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by the OH PT Association (approval no. 10S1380 for 10/01/10 to 10/01/11, 11S1507 for 10/02/11 to 10/02/12, 12S1706 for 10/02/12 to 10/02/13; 13S1852 for 10/03/13 to 10/03/14; 14S1713 for 10/04/14 to 10/04/15; 15S2272 for 10/05/15 to 10/05/16; 16S1873 for 10/05/16 to 10/05/17; 17S6273 for 10/6/17 to 10/6/18); the FL PT Association (approval no. CP100015867, exp. date 12/31/10; CP110015871 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017780 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019698 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021442 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE16-26729 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-293812 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-293812 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); TN PT Association (approval no. 3449 for 10/01/10 to 09/30/11, 4021 for 10/01/11 to 09/30/12, 4547 for 10/01/12 to 09/30/13, 5240 for 10/01/13 to 09/30/14; 5806 for 10/01/14 to 09/30/15; 5806 for 10/01/15 to 09/30/16; 2016-403 for 10/01/16 to 09/30/17; 2017-416 for 10/01/17 to 09/30/18) for Class 1 CE Requirement; the PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE002697 for 12/14/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003862 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE010137 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 633-2010, exp. date 1/31/12; 96-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 193-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-364 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-202 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/06/11 to 10/06/15; 12/14/15 to 12/14/19 and by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 10/25/11 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 IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3533 for 10/01/10 to 10/01/11, 437-3980 for 10/01/11 to 10/01/12, 437-4512 for 10/01/12 to 10/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required CE 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: 2/22/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/22/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/22/2021


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Amanda P - Amesbury, MA  ·  Aug 25, 2018
I would recommend it!
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Ryan S - Brimfield, IL  ·  Aug 24, 2018
good review of how to treat stress cardiomyopathy
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Mitzie - Orwigsburg, PA  ·  Jul 27, 2018
very informative, educational and easy to understand; will be able to use as a guideline to all practice setting
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Ken T - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  Apr 10, 2018
Very interesting program that helps identify patient not only with emotional loss or stress related to a Broken Heart etiology and that both emotional and physiological changes are related
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laurel s - new castle, PA  ·  Mar 23, 2018
This course on How Do You Mend a Broken Heart was interesting to me due to hearing this phrase spoken many times concerning the death of an individual who had lost a spouse to dying.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50