Occupational Therapy: Heart Failure: Implications for Diagnosis, Medical Management, and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition

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Paul E. H. Ricard, PT, DPT, CCS, earned a bachelor’s degree in sports biology in 2001 and a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2003, both from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. He received a transitional doctor of physical therapy degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2005, and has board certification as a clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties through 2027. Since 2005, he has taught in the areas of human anatomy, pathology, and cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy at several universities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Ricard has published topics on acute care, cardiovascular and pulmonary therapy, and research review in Physical Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. He has lectured nationally on these same topics and served as the nominating committee chair and vice president of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has developed and/or credentialed two clinical residencies in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and a critical care fellowship and currently serves as the rehabilitation team coordinator for the cardiac team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Peer reviewer: Jane M. Eason, PhD, PT, is an associate professor and department head at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She received a PhD in exercise science from the University of Florida and did post-doctoral training at Emory University. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Eason was editor of the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, which is the official journal of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her responsibilities at LSU include teaching courses on pathophysiology and the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Dr. Eason has published in several journals, including Physical Therapy, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, Journal of Applied Physiology, and Experimental and Clinical Cardiology. She is an ACSM-certified exercise specialist, and her clinical practice has included working as an exercise specialist in a Phase I, II, and III Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L, The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content.


Learning Objectives
  • Describe the incidence, epidemiology, and risk factors of heart failure in the United States.
  • Differentiate between normal and pathological anatomy and physiology of cardiopulmonary function.
  • Describe the diagnosis, etiology, and classification of heart failure.
  • Describe the history and physical examination of a person with heart failure, including applicable screening tools and functional tests.
  • Discuss current pharmacological and surgical interventions for heart failure and their impact on therapy intervention decisions.
  • Describe appropriate rehabilitation interventions (exercise, compensation) or consultation services recommended for persons with heart failure.

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