Seminar Detail

The Heart in Detail
The Heart in Detail


When:  Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
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 Karen M. Marzlin, 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. Karen'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.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
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


Karen M. Marzlin practices as an Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist managing hospitalized medical cardiology patients. With over 28 years of cardiovascular and critical care experience, both at the bedside and administratively, Karen brings a broad depth of knowledge to her practice. In addition to her hospital practice, Karen also manages patients with advanced heart failure in the Heart Failure Clinic and is actively involved in systems and processes surrounding all aspects of heart failure care. In addition to maintaining a part-time clinical practice, Karen is a partner in two education and consulting businesses: Key Choice and Cardiovascular Nursing Education Associates. In 2014, Karen was named with CNS of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Karen speaks nationally on a wide variety of cardiovascular, critical care, and leadership topics. Her presentations are energetic, engaging and empowering. Linking knowledge to practice to impact patient outcomes is the goal of every education program.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Marzlin is a business partner for Key Choice and Cardiovascular Nursing Education. She has an employment relationship with Aultman Hospital CVC. Dr. Marzlin receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Karen Marzlin is a CCRN Ambassador for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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.

American Nurses Credentialing Center Logo
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.

Credit Card Required for online registration | Contact us to redeem Gift Certificates