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Cardiovascular Examination Part 1: Vascular Diseases

presented by Rich Severin, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

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As a potential first entry point into the healthcare system, the cardiovascular examination is a vital component of the clinical examination. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that the risk profiles for individuals at risk for the development of low back pain and osteoarthritis, the most common diagnoses treated by physical therapists, are nearly identical to those for heart disease. Common interventions utilized by physical therapists, such as resistance training, aerobic training, and manual therapy, all generate a hemodynamic response. Therefore, proficient competency in performing a thorough cardiovascular examination is critical for physical therapists.

This series of courses will train physical therapists and other rehab professionals on how to perform and interpret a thorough cardiovascular examination related to some of the most common conditions encountered in the clinic. Each course will include a review of the pathophysiology for each condition and introduce relevant examination techniques and interpretation. This course will cover topics related to vascular disorders.

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Rich Severin, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

Rich Severin PT, DPT, PhD is a board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist. Dr. Severin serves as clinical faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the coordinator of the bariatric surgery rehabilitation program at UIHealth. He is also a part-time clinical assistant professor in the Hybrid…

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1. Physiology and Pathophysiology Review

Registrants will review the pathophysiological mechanisms of cardiovascular disease to better appreciate the disease processes observed in clinic, and gain an understanding of how common cardiovascular diseases may influence the response to interventions provided in clinical practice.

2. Prevalence and Common Symptoms

To further appreciate the importance of a cardiovascular examination, registrants will learn the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in physical therapy practice, based on epidemiological studies. In order to develop clinical pattern recognition, a detailed presentation of common signs and symptoms will be presented for common cardiovascular syndromes and conditions.

3. Clinical Examination Techniques

Registrants will obtain competency with the examination techniques in order to perform a thorough vascular examination. These techniques include blood pressure (seated, standing, during exercise), palpation of arterial pulses, palpation of the chest, capillary refill, Bueger's test, and a metronome test.

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