DPT 853 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy, 4 credits

This course explores cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and the effects of aging on these systems. Cardiopulmonary dysfunction as a complication of other medical conditions is stressed. Screening, examination, evaluation, differential diagnosis, intervention and modification within the scope of physical therapy practice are emphasized. Integration of medical laboratory studies, medical diagnoses, graded exercise testing with EKG analysis, and pharmacological factors with PT examination and intervention planning are analyzed. Intervention stresses environmental and lifestyle factors, health and wellness attitudes, and physical therapy as integral to patient and public education. Classroom, laboratory, group, and clinical sessions are used to facilitate integration of competencies and skills. (Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 2 hours.)

Prerequisites: DPT 813, DPT 815, DPT 817, DPT 851, DPT 829, DPT 821.

Co-requisites: DPT 809, DPT 855, DPT 857, Spring