Course Description

Course Description:

The cardiopulmonary comorbidities that are present in the geriatric population greatly impact how health care professionals should treat these patients, including assessment, interventions, and recommendations. In order to have an in-depth understanding of geriatric cardiopulmonary pathologies, the health care professional must also have an understanding of the cardiopulmonary anatomy, the normal aging process, and how to differentiate normal aging from pathology.  

This course reviews all of these areas and discusses the most common cardiopulmonary pathologies seen in the geriatric population. The proper techniques to monitor vital signs, the use of functional assessments and treatment interventions are all explored. In addition, cardiopulmonary medications are reviewed so that the rehab professional can gain an understanding of the specific classes of drugs used for the pathologies discussed, their side effects and potential impact on rehab. 

Contact Hours: 5
Webinar Course Format: Webinar
Target Audience:
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Accreditation Information:

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Course Outline:

Hour 1

  • Review of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology
  • Review of cardiopulmonary normal aging process
  • Cardiopulmonary Comorbidities: COPD

Hour 2

  • Cardiopulmonary Comorbidities: Pneumonia, CHF

Hour 3

  • Cardiopulmonary Comorbidities: CAD, arrhythmias, valvular disease

Hour 4

  • Cardiopulmonary Comorbidities: HTN
  • Assessment: medication review, vital signs, auscultation

Hour 5

  • Assessment: functional assessments
  • Cardiopulmonary response to exercise
  • Treatment planning utilizing current evidence-based practice

Course Goals & Objectives:

Course Goals:

This course is intended to instruct the professional on utilizing current evidence-based practice in the care of the older adult patient with cardiopulmonary comorbidities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system including blood flow, properties of the lungs, and the process of gas exchange.
  • Identify the cardiopulmonary changes that accompany the aging process
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of COPD and identify 3 appropriate treatment interventions.
  • Identify the various types of pneumonia, risk factors for development of pneumonia, and treatment guidelines.
  • Identify common signs and symptoms of CHF and differentiate these between right and left side heart failure.
  • Identify the various types of CAD.
  • Identify the most common arrhythmias found in older adults.
  • Identify the two variations of heart valve disease.
  • Define HTN and describe the medical management of it.
  • Identify current evidence-based medications and common side effects of beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal heart sounds heard through auscultation.
  • Identify 3 functional assessments commonly utilized in older adults with cardiopulmonary comorbidities
  • Identify 3 benefits to exercise for older adults.
  • Recognize how to calculate target heart rates so that exercise can be properly prescribed.




A webinar is LIVE INTERACTIVE audio and video course delivered over the Internet to your computer. With a HomeCEU webinar, you are able to see, hear and interactive with the course presenter. In many courses, demonstrative video will be used to further enhance your learning experience. All content used in the presentation will also be made available to you for your personal use (PowerPoint Slides, Reference Materials etc.).

Contact Hours: 5 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Criteria for Completion: The successful completion of a post course examination is required to receive credit for your webinar participation.  A score of 70% or higher is required.  You will have additional attempts to pass the examination should it be needed.

PLEASE NOTE:  All webinar exams MUST be successfully completed by midnight Central Standard Time on the day of the webinar broadcast.

ASHA Brand Block 

This course is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Personnel Disclosure:

Financial – Suzanne Greenwalt is employed by Belmont University and receives a salary. She receives payment from Colibri Healthcare, LLC for the presentation of this course.

Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service


Suzanne J. Greenwalt, PT, DPT, CCS, GCS

Suzanne Greenwalt,  PT, DPT, CCS, GCS has been a physical therapist since 2002. She is an Instructor in the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University. She is also a physical therapist with a long term care company. In addition, she is a mentor and educator in one of the APTA’s credentialed Geriatric Residency Programs. She received her GCS in 2011 and is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.

Suzanne has been working in geriatrics for most of her career in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, and out-patient rehabilitation. She received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy and her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science, both from Saint Louis University. Her interest areas in both patient care and research are geriatrics and cardiopulmonary comorbidities in the geriatric population.

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