CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CEU Course Description
Heart failure (HF) is an emerging epidemic that affects both sexes and all races, and has been increasing over the past few decades secondary to the aging population. Understanding the pathophysiology of HF allows one to achieve the goals of treatment, which are to relieve symptoms, decrease hospital admissions, prolong patient life, as well as improve the patient’s overall quality of life. When discussing treatment options for the heart, thermotherapy includes all therapeutic treatments based on the transfer of thermal energy into or out of the human body. There are a wide array of thermotherapeutic modalities available through the different modes of temperature transfer, such as hot packs through conduction, radiant heat via conversion, and a Finnish sauna with convection. The goals of this CEU course are to review the rationale for the use of heat and/or cold as a treatment modality for HF and explore how advancements in bioheat transfer modeling coupled with improvements in delivery techniques will have an impact in the design and analysis of a thermotherapy system.
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CEU Course Objectives
CEU Course Syllabus
Review of Heart Failure
0.38 Contact Hours
|Thermotherapy Modalities||0.38 Contact Hours|
|Thermoregulatory Modeling||0.24 Contact Hours|
Total = 1 Contact Hour
Instructional level: Intermediate
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Course Date: 2018-03-01
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