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The Heart in Detail
The Heart in Detail

When:  Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
  • Did you ever wonder why your patient with a myocardial infarction will have dyspnea?
  • Or have a hard time explaining how beta-blockers work?
  • Or become confused about ejection fractions, let alone hemodynamics?
If you have a hard time explaining to your patients about which blood vessel perfuses what part of the heart, or why they have an arrhythmia, or how their heart failure is causing their kidney problems, then you need to join Cathy Lockett, a mentor who can really make the information easy and understandable.

Designed with the bedside clinician in mind, this seminar is appropriate for all healthcare professionals wanting to improve their assessment skills, build a firm foundation of cardiac anatomy and physiology and apply these skills in daily patient care. Understanding these essential concepts will help you find patient complications faster and respond to them more appropriately. Cathy's teaching style allows for an informal interactive discussion. You will leave with a systematic approach to interpreting ECGs, an understanding of common cardiac pathologies, and a renewed commitment to achieving excellence in patient care.
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Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the basic electrophysiology of the heart: Electrical versus mechanical function.
  2. Utilize the "Thumbs Technique" to determine the ventricular axis of the heart.
  3. Review the more common cardiac arrhythmias and discuss the causes.
  4. Define hemodynamic principles in the body.
  5. Relate coronary artery perfusion to cardiac musculature and the conduction system.
  6. Interpret ischemia, injury, and infarction patterns on a 12-lead ECG, 15-lead, and right-sided ECG.
  7. Integrate new evidenced-based guidelines to treat Acute Coronary Syndrome.
  8. Explain the process of valvular dysfunction and state treatments for aortic and mitral valve disease.
  9. Describe heart failure and relate physical assessment findings to hemodynamic parameters in a patient with decompensated heart failure.
  10. State the evidenced-based treatments to include medications and invasive procedures for chronic and acute heart failure.
  11. Differentiate dilated from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
  12. Discuss pericarditis to include causes, ECG changes and treatment modalities.
Program Outline

  • Understanding Electrical & Mechanical Functions
    • Conduction System
    • Waveforms
    • The NEED TO KNOW Arrhythmias
    • Hemodynamic Function
      • Cardiac Output
      • Preload
      • Afterload
      • Contractility
      • Heart Rate
    • Normal Heart Sounds
      • S1, S2
    • Abnormal Heart Sounds
      • Murmurs: Differentiating Systolic from Diastolic
      • S3/S4 Gallops
    • Compensatory Mechanisms
      • Maintaining Cardiac Output & Blood Pressure
  • Coronary Artery Perfusion
    • In Relation to: Cardiac Musculature & Conduction System
    • Lead Placement
    • 5-Lead Monitoring
    • 12-Lead, 15-Lead and Right-sided ECG
  • Caring for Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Differentiating Between Ischemia, Injury & Infarct
    • A Systematic Approach for Detection on the ECG
    • Pharmacological Therapies
    • AHA Guidelines: When to Use & Why
      • Dual Anti-Platelet Therapy
      • Beta Blockers
      • ACE Inhibitors
      • Anticoagulation
      • Statins
      • Mechanism of Action
  • Heart Failure: Which Organs are Really Affected?
    • Neurohormonal Activation
      • Sympathetic Nervous System
      • Renin-Angiotensin System
      • Aldosterone System
    • Perfusion & Congestion Assessment
    • Differentiating Chronic from Acute HF
    • The Importance of Unloading the Heart
    • Non-Invasive Diagnostic Evaluation
    • Evidence-Based Treatment
    • What are the BUN & Creatinine Saying?
  • Valvular Heart Disease: Why the Left Side
    • Contrasting Stenotic Valvular Dysfunction from Insufficiency
    • Physical Assessment Clues
    • Signs & Symptoms
    • Associated Murmurs
  • Other Cardiac Disease Pathologies
    • Pericarditis
      • A Good Imposter of Myocardial Infarction
    • Cardiomyopathies
      • Contrasting Dilated from Hypertrophic
  • Advanced Skills in Assessment & Decision-Making
    • Creating a Hemodynamic Profile without a PAC
    • Assessing Volume Status
    • Jugular Vein Distention
    • Importance of Pulse Pressure
    • The Value of Heart Sounds


Cathy Lockett has been practicing critical care nursing for over 35 years. Her critical care background includes working in medical, surgical, neuro, cardiac and cardiovascular care with most of her clinical experience in the areas of medical cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. She has provided nursing care in the role of staff nurse, preceptor, educator, and supervisor.

Utilizing her vast knowledge and experience, Cathy has presented on numerous topics related to cardiac and pulmonary care, including ECG interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring, basic and advanced arrhythmia, pulmonary diseases and IABP therapy. Additionally, Cathy is a Training Center Faculty member for the American Heart Association in the disciplines of Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Cathy's teaching style is dynamic and high-energy while remaining informal and easy to understand. Attending this one-day seminar will enhance your learning experience and improve your long-term retention of key concepts. Cathy's teaching style indeed personifies that learning can be fun and informative.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary (Cathy) Lockett has an employment relationship with CPR Consultants, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mary (Cathy) Lockett has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) recognizes programs and providers approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). This course will qualify for 6.3 contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.

This program offers 60 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 1.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of clinical Category I CME credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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