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Carol Knauff

Carol Knauff holds 35 years of nursing experience in various roles- staff, management, education- with an emphasis in gastrointestinal and critical care specialties. Carol’s passion in nursing is to help nurses understand why they do what they do. Her colleagues find her presentation style unique and look forward to any educational programs that she holds. 

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Class Accreditation
All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256. 
 
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Cardiovascular Assessment in the Elderly

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $10.00
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Cardiovascular Assessment in the Elderly
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

What happens when an elderly person presents with a new symptom? Is it really what it appears to be? As people age, normal changes occurs to every system in the body. The confusing part of the process is that elderly people might exhibit atypical symptoms to a common disease or injury. The way healthcare professionals assess an elderly person needs to include a unique approach- recognition of atypical symptoms, understanding  the effects of presenting symptoms on chronic debilitating diseases, and taking the time or altering the assessment to accommodate an elderly person’s limitations (i.e., physical limitations, cognitive deficiencies, hearing and/or visual impairment). Simple things need to be remembered- for example the elderly have more difficulty with body temperature regulation so having a person wear a thin gown and wait to be examined in a room that may be cooler will adversely affect them.  This online continuing education course will focus on the cardiovascular (CV) system and educate the learner in changes that occur as a normal process of aging. 


Objectives


1. Discuss the impacts of aging on the cardiovascular system.
2. Describe how common disease patterns may present differently in the older person. 
3. Analyze “other” influences that contribute to new onset symptoms, such as the effects of polypharmacy or presence of comorbidities.
 

Curriculum


Chapter 1:  Introduction & Overview of normal changes

Chapter 2:  Left Ventricular Resistance & Hypertension

Chapter 3:  Valve Pathophysiology

Chapter 4:  Myocardial Hypertrophy & Heart Failure

Chapter 5:  Electrical Disturbances

Chapter 6:  Miscellaneous- Co-Morbidities, Electrolytes & Medications

 

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