Clinical Challenges in Cardiology

By American College of Cardiology
Improve your skills in clinical cardiovascular diseases with 15 virtual patients.

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SKU: ACCINDIA_1m-1 Categories: ,
Course type: Online; Self-Paced
Duration: Available for 30 days
Modules: 15
Time required: Up to 1 hour per module
Target Audience: Physicians
Specialty: Cardiology
Level: Advanced
Language: English
Certificate: Yes!

About this course

Medical simulation education in cardiovascular disease is a powerful tool to engage learners, advance clinical skills and address educational gaps. The Clinical Challenges in Cardiology program is designed to immerse medical professionals in clinical case scenarios, that help hone their skills and ultimately provide better patient care by using high-tech, case-based simulation platforms.

Course Overview

  • 15 Modules
    The course consists of 15 modules, each one containing a clinical scenario that can be attempted up to 3 times.
  • Online, Self-paced
    You have 30 days to complete the 15 modules at your own pace. The course can be accessed at any time.
  • Certificate of Completion
    After completing all the modules, you will receive a Certificate of Completion in your inbox.

What you will learn:

Through the 15 clinical cases in this online course, learners will be able to do the following upon completion:

  • Proceed with evidence-based management of thromboembolism risk in atrial fibrillation (AF) outpatient
  • Diagnose and treat anginal pain/acute myocardial infarction based on clinical complaints and physical examination
  • Adequately monitor and manage multiple comorbidities, namely non-valvular atrial fibrillation and hypercholesterolemia
  • Recognize clinical features and provide medical stabilization for individuals with bacterial endocarditis
  • Recognize and treat a patient with an acute exacerbation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and initiate appropriate guideline-based chronic management
  • Plus more!
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The American College of Cardiology and Body Interact have developed this course utilising Body Interact’s advanced virtual patient simulation technology.

Course Outline

In each clinical scenario you can have a dialogue with the patient, do a complete physical examination, ask for diagnostic tests, perform interventions and administer medications in real time

Module 1 - Persistent non-Valvular AF with Hemorrhage

Scenario context: While going about her daily routine, Caroline felt ill: she vomited and noticed blood in her stool. Caroline then decided to go to the hospital.

Module 2 - Pre-excited Atrial Fibrillation

Scenario context: The patient was running a half-marathon when she suddenly began feeling her heart rate accelerate. She started to feel dizzy and had to stop running the race. She was taken to the medical tent and found to have a high pulse. Intravenous saline was infused and she was sent to the local Emergency Department. She has mild chest discomfort.

Module 3 - Heart Failure in a Non-Diabetic Patient

Scenario context: Mr. Pollard came to the emergency room with complaints of easy fatigue and dyspnea on moderate effort with two weeks of evolution that worsened today.

Module 4 - Acute exacerbation of chronic heart failure with pulmonary edema

Scenario context: Mr. Smith reports he has been getting more short of breath with walking across the room and has had to sleep in a recliner. He has gained considerable weight over the past 3 weeks. He was noting a little chest pressure yesterday which has resolved. He continues to be substantially short of breath.

Module 5 - ST Elevation myocardial infarction

Scenario context: Mr. Nielsen was dining at a restaurant with his family when suddenly he felt very ill. His wife immediately called for an ambulance.

Module 6 - Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia

Scenario context: Ms. Andresson was in her garden, doing some gardening when suddenly she felt her heart racing and had chest discomfort. She called the Emergency Department as soon as she could and was brought to the hospital.

Module 7 - Unstable angina

Scenario context: Adelaide was abruptly awoken during the night with crushing, substernal chest pain, and immediately sought medical care.

Module 8 - Management of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Scenario context: About four weeks ago, Stuart required emergency medical care due to a STEMI. Today is his first appointment for long-term health care management.

Module 9 - Infective endocarditis and acute aortic regurgitation

Scenario context: Mr. Steffen presented to the emergency department (ED) for worsening dyspnea that he has had 3 weeks ago; dyspnea at rest (NYHA IV), and orthopnea at presentation. Given the evidence of lung congestion found in the chest X-ray, he is admitted to the ICU.

Module 10 - Cardiogenic shock

Scenario context: Mr. Garner initially collapsed on the street and was resuscitated. He presented with coronary artery disease (acute occlusion of the prox. LAD and RCX) with severely depressed ejection fraction, EF=30% by echocardiography. The patient presented with severe and persistent cardiogenic shock.

Module 11 - Mysterious myocarditis in a young patient

Scenario context: One month ago, Ms. Bell was hospitalized for chest pain and was diagnosed with acute myocarditis. Today she felt ill again and, once more, sought emergency medical care.

Module 12 - Deep vein thrombosis

Scenario context: Mr. Harrison was at his workplace, where he was a security guard when he suddenly felt pain and noticed swelling of his right leg. Half an hour later, he had shortness of breath. At this point, a work colleague noticed he was unwell and called for an ambulance.

Module 13 - Management of Thromboembolism Risk in an AF Outpatient

Scenario context: Mrs. Johnson has been feeling poorly for the past several months. She just doesn’t have the same level of energy as she had before. She can’t mow the lawn anymore without stopping lots of times for breaks – this just isn’t like her.

Module 14 - Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Scenario context: Tamara is a 52-year-old lady who has had to slow down in the last three years quitting her job as a visiting nurse. She lives alone and is able to manage with help from her daughter. She was feeling well until yesterday. She has had nausea and vomiting for a day and appears quite unwell.

Module 15 - Young decompensated patient with congestive heart failure

Scenario context: Mr. Hayden’s health has deteriorated progressively during the past 5 years, significantly affecting his quality of life. During this period, Mr. Hayden has been hospitalized several times, and he has ended up hospitalized much more frequently in the past year.


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