1. Understanding and performing cardiovascular and pulmonary examinations including
heart and lung sounds auscultation, chest wall expansion, submaximal tests, and vascular
2. Understanding and performing cardiovascular and pulmonary interventions including
breathing exercises, airway clearance, and prescription for aerobic exercises.
3. Incorporate clinical decision-making and outcome measures to improve the
cardiovascular patient outcomes.
This course will go through the spectrum of cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP) patient
management from knowledge to hands-on treatment. Common CVP pathologies will be
reviewed, and through teleconference, skills training on various CVP examination and
intervention procedures will be conducted. Areas of hands-on skills training include CVP
dysfunction assessment including heart and lung auscultation, palpation, breathing patterns,
vascular testing, and chest wall expansion. In addition, this hands-on workshop will incorporate
various cardiovascular and pulmonary interventions including airway clearance techniques,
breathing strategies and safe prescription of aerobic exercises, while maintaining patient safety
and effectively monitoring physiological vital signs. Complex CVP patient case studies will be
utilized to reinforce didactic and manual techniques to improving clinical decision making to
best optimize patient outcomes.
Dr. Vatwani is the Graduate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Clinical AssociateProfessor at Old Dominion University (ODU). Prior to ODU, she was an Associate Professor, Doctor ofPhysical Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She is an acute care physical therapistwith a clinical expertise in cardiovascular and pulmonary high-acuity patients and worked at The JohnsHopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD for a decade, and has previously served as the founding co-chair of theFlorida Physical Therapy Association Acute Care Special Interest group. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and presentations. She is the recipient of the 2022 Healthcare DiversityLeader Award from the National Diversity Council, 2022 American Physical Therapy Association MinorityFaculty Scholarship award, and a member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society.
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