Heart Failure: Rehabilitation Considerations

Description: Participants will learn about the pathophysiology and medical management of heart failure, examination techniques to monitor for medical status changes, and safe and effective exercise prescription development for people with heart failure. The target audience is physical and occupational therapists working in the inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and home health settings.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the pathophysiology related to Heart Failure and its impact on movement.
  • Evaluate a patient with diagnosis of heart failure in the inpatient, outpatient, or home health settings, including monitoring for medical status changes warranting additional medical follow-up.
  • Develop a safe and effective plan of care, including exercise prescription, for a person with heart failure in the inpatient, outpatient and home health settings.

    Instructors: Rachel Tappan, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine;

    Erin Walaszek, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

    Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

    Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits

     Occupational Therapy

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID#9188. This distance learning independent webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    Physical Therapy 

    The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

    The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA


    Course Director’s and Planning Committee Members’ Disclosure Information:
    Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP Has nothing to disclose.
    Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT Has nothing to disclose.
    Leslie Marriott, OT Has nothing to disclose.
    Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC Has nothing to disclose.

    Speakers, Moderators and Panelists’ Disclosure Information:
    Rachel Tappan PT, DPT Has nothing to disclose.
    Erin Walaszek, PT, DPT Has nothing to disclose.

    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox & Google Chrome
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
    • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


    Online Learning Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists