Cardiopulmonary Section Exercise Testing and Disease Prevention in Physical Therapy
Section: Cardiopulmonary Section
Session Code: CP-2A-4499
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 207A

Speaker(s):   Cameron Garber, PT, DPT
  Ahmad Sabbahi, PT, MS
  Richard Severin, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Cardiopulmonary Section exercise testing (CPET) utilizing breath-to-breath analysis of expired gases is a remarkably powerful tool which provides valuable diagnostic and prognostic information for patients spanning the spectrum of health and disease. Specifically, peak cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) measured from a CPET is one of the strongest prognostic indicators of morbidity, disability, and mortality for all patient populations and particularly those at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). In addition to CRF, there are several other measures obtained from a CPET which provide valuable clinical information such measures of ventilatory efficiency and blood pressure responses. Despite the evidence and endorsement by professional organizations, there are gaps in both access and utilization of CPET. Barriers to utilization of CPET in physical therapist (PT) practice may include a lack of equipment, knowledge, and a process for obtaining reimbursement for CPET. This session will review the evidence for CPET in clinical practice and specifically for patients at risk for CVD. The speakers will present the evidence for using CPET to develop CVD prevention programs in PT practice. Attendees will take away practical strategies for incorporating CPET and CVD prevention programs into PT practice and receive reimbursement.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the evidence for Cardiopulmonary Section exercise testing and how it relates to patient populations managed in physical therapist practice.

2. Recognize and interpret key data obtained from Cardiopulmonary Section exercise testing, including but not limited to peak cardiorespiratory fitness, ventilatory efficiency, and blood pressure responses.

3. Apply data obtained from Cardiopulmonary Section exercise testing to develop specific exercise programs for various patient populations, including patients at risk for cardiovascular disease.

4. Implement and receive reimbursement for Cardiopulmonary Section exercise testing and disease prevention programs in a physical therapist practice.

CEU: 0.2

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