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Cardiac Medications: Current Evidence-Based Management Practices
Cardiac Medications: Current Evidence-Based Management Practices


When:  Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:
Do you fully understand the cardiac medications your patients are on? With hospitals racing to attain a higher standard of practice in order to achieve positive clinical outcomes, pharmacology has taken a rapidly-expanding role in the daily life of care givers supporting cardiac patients. As the list of available medications continues to grow, so does the challenge to maintain a current level of knowledge regarding cardiovascular pharmacology. This interactive and evidenced-based program is devoted exclusively to advances in the management of a broad spectrum of cardiovascular diseases and anomalies. Norma Barlow will guide you through the pathophysiology behind each disease and anomaly, as well as the physiological and pharmacological basis of drug actions/interactions, their metabolism,side effects, and clinical results for both new and established agents.

Norma will teach you the medicines used to treat a host of cardiovascular conditions, such as acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, hypertension, cardiomyopathy,lipid disorders and arrhythmias. Important nursing implications for each condition will also be addressed. The drug classifications covered include:

  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Alpha 1 Blockers
  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers
  • Antiarrhythmic Agents
  • Antihypertensive Agents
  • Anticoagulants
  • Antiplatelet Aggregates
  • Beta Blockers
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Fibrinolytics
  • Nitrates
  • Diuretic Angiotensin Blockers
  • Vasoactive Agents
  • Central Alpha 2 Agonists
  • Inotropic Agents

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of pharmacology and its impact on cardiovascular disease management.
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the pharmacologic and interventional management protocols for acute coronary syndrome and coronary artery disease.
  2. Summarize the pharmacologic management protocols for hypertension.
  3. Describe the pathophysiology of heart failure and its stages.
  4. Identify the pharmacologic and interventional management protocols for heart failure.
  5. Explain the pathophysiology of cardiomyopathy.
  6. Identify the pharmacologic and interventional management protocols for cardiomyopathy.
  7. Summarize the pharmacologic management protocols for the metabolic syndrome.
  8. State the mechanism of actions, indications, contraindications, dose, side effects, and monitoring requirements for three classifications of agents used to treat cardiovascular disease.


Norma Barlow has over 30 years of cardiovascular nursing experience, practicing in the areas of direct critical care, inpatient cardiac rehabilitation and unit-based clinical education. Norma is currently a clinical education consultant for critical care and telemetry nursing services. In this role, she coordinates educational seminars focused on evidence-based practice in cardiovascular nursing and general critical care. Norma also provides bedside consultation, education, and clinical support.

Norma has been a program coordinator for ACLS and BLS and has taught ECG interpretation, basic and advanced 12-lead interpretation, and courses designed to prepare nurses to transition into telemetry and critical care. She has held the CCRN credential from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for over 15 years.

PESI HealthCare and Norma Barlow indicate that the content for this educational activity is without bias of any commercial product or drug. There is no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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 cepesi@pesi.com 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.

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