Aquatic Therapy for Cardiopulmonary Compromise - PT87

Aquatic Therapy for Cardiopulmonary Compromise

by Andrea Salzman, MS, PT
(4.7 / 38 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Aquatic therapy is a specialized procedure growing in popularity, but every clinician needs to ask: Is immersed exercise safe for my patient with COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), myocardial infarction (MI), or other cardiopulmonary disorders? If it is safe, the question then becomes: Is it effective for the impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that often accompany these conditions? For decades, multiple myths have edged into the collective medical understanding about the benefits and potential harms of aquatic exercise. In this course, we deconstruct these myths with the latest evidence and then turn our attention to how to provide skilled, reimbursable therapy for these cardiopulmonary-compromised populations.


At the end of this introductory course, the participant will walk away with a basic working knowledge of what makes immersed exercise such a powerful tool, including both the benefits and potential risks. In addition, the participant will be able to:
  • List cardiopulmonary reactions to the hydrostatic pressure present during vertical immersion
  • Describe at least one way that aquatic exercise can produce dangerous stressors on the cardiac system
  • Describe at least one way that aquatic exercise can produce stressors on the pulmonary system
  • List ways that documentation can support the skilled need for cardiopulmonary training performed in water
  • Describe aquatic exercises that can provide a challenging respiratory or cardiac environment

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for physical Therapists
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 11/16/2018 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.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/3/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/3/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/3/2022


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.

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HEATHER K - Reading, PA  ·  Nov 12, 2019
Good information about aquatic therapy
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Jeffrey C - huntington beach, CA  ·  Nov 06, 2019
Great information on aquatic therapy
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Elliott H - Harwinton, CT  ·  Nov 05, 2019
Very interesting course with a clear focus on the physics end of how water pressure can/does affect the cardiopulmonary system. Data sets provided by the author were very helpful and interesting. Thanks, Elliott Halpern RPT
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Malgorzata K - clearwater, FL  ·  Nov 02, 2019
informative class and useful for my pts
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Heather D - Omaha, NE  ·  Nov 01, 2019
Good information as we don't see many cardiac patients.
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Price: $19.00
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