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Blood Test, Drugs Boost Success in Managing Heart Failure - PT383

Blood Test, Drugs Boost Success in Managing Heart Failure

by Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
(4.3 / 255 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Heart failure affects around 5.1 million people in the United States, with 670,000 people diagnosed each year. More than 250,000 people die annually of heart failure; this is twice as high as the death rate from this same condition back in 1979. B-type natriuretic peptide assay is a tool in heart failure diagnosis and management. This blood test measures the amount of circulating BNP, a cardiac neurohormone secreted from the ventricle in response to heart failure. It’s beneficial in differentiating the cause of dyspnea and monitoring the effects of diuretic therapy. Healthcare professionals as a team caring for patients with heart failure should be knowledgeable about the BNP assay, normal and abnormal values and the pharmacological management of heart failure, and should fine-tune their history-taking and physical assessment skills to provide optimum evidence-based care.


The goal of this program is to provide nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, physical therapists, EMTs and paramedics with information about the incidence, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and pharmacological management of heart failure, including the use of B-type natriuretic peptide assay levels. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the pathophysiology of heart failure
  • Discuss the use of BNP assay levels in the management of heart failure
  • Discuss the main classes of medications used in the management of heart failure

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the:
Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S1647 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14; 14S1205 for 07/02/14 to 07/02/15; 15S1517 for 07/03/15 to 07/03/16; 16S1698 for 07/04/16 to 07/04/17; 17S5477 for 07/05/17 to 07/05/18).
Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP130020955 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021427 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024043 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27235 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-395825 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5149 for 08/15/13 to 08/14/14; 5665 for 08/15/14 to 08/14/15; 6234 for 08/15/15 to 08/14/16; 2016-414 for 08/15/16 to 08/14/17)
Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004921 for 08/28/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006760 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009947 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1358-2012 for 07/23/13 to 01/31/14; 215-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-1398 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18)
This course has been approved by the:
Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 08/01/13 to 08/01/17
Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/17/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4965 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 7/23/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/23/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/23/2017


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WILLIAM S - cape coral, FL  ·  Sep 19, 2017
Very informative and practical for pt care
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Calvin H - Ocracoke, NC  ·  Sep 03, 2017
This course will add to or supplement my knowledge base.
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Shane B - Georgetown, TX  ·  Aug 26, 2017
great course, thorough
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Joyce A - Merced, CA  ·  Aug 21, 2017
Geared toward nursing, but some information appropriate for pharmaceutical knowledge in PT.
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Kelly B - Highland Heights, OH  ·  Aug 20, 2017
Great way to learn more about your cardiac patients and their medications.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50