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Understanding Cardiology for Nurses and AHPs

Duration: 2 Day(s)
CPD Hours: 16
Start Time: 09:15
End Time: 16:30



A comprehensive 2 day course for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in cardiology. This courses will be especially useful to those new to this speciality but will also be of use as an updater for more experienced professionals.

"Excellent teaching. Very Informative."

"Course is very relevant to my practice, even though I'm not a cardiology nurse."

"A superb 2 day course - will recommend to colleagues."

"Excellent course for anyone interested in cardiology."

Past course delegates



Physiology of the Heart (Applied physiology)


Electrophysiology - The physiology of cardiac cells, the action potential and the importance of electrolytes and troponin levels


The heart - Pericardium, myocardium and endocardium, Chordae tendineae, papillary muscles.

The Valves - Aortic, Pulmonic, Mitral and tricuspid

The blood supply to the heart

Venous blood supply

Arterial blood supply


12 lead ECG

Understanding the physiology of normal sinus rhythm

Understanding the P, Q, R, ST waveforms and their meaning

Understanding what is meant by ST elevation and ST depression

Learning the different regions of the heart and the different and where they are represented on the 12 lead ECG

ECG practical session


Cardiac Pacing

The different parts of a pacemaker i.e. Pulse generator the wires and the physiology of where the wires goes

Terminology i.e. threshold, failing to sense, failing to capture, over sensing

Nursing care of a patient with a temporary pacing wire

Interpret failing to sense, over sensing and failing to capture on a rhythm strip and to know how to treat

Trouble shooting

Demonstrate how to externally pace in an emergency situation - practical session


Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)

Demonstration of what a balloon looks like and the external console (pump).

Recap on the physiology of the cardiac cycle.

Indications and contraindications of IABP

Understand the physiology of arterial wave forms.

Understand the physiology of the IABP wave forms.

Nursing care of a patient with an IABP.

Trouble shooting problems that may arise


Understanding Cardiac blood tests

Abnormal results and how they may affect the patient will be explained.

Cardiac drugs that may be contraindicated when blood results are abnormal will be highlighted.

The following blood results will be explained -

  • Full Blood Count (FBC)
  • Urea & Electrolytes (U&Es)
  • Liver Function Tests (LFTs)
  • Thyroid Function Tests (TFTs)
  • International Normalised Ratio (INR)
  • Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT)
  • Troponin
  • B Type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP)


Haemodynamic monitoring

Learn how to preform vital signs and what the results mean in the context of the cardiac patient

Setting up arterial and central lines

Understanding the waveforms and results in the context of the acutely unwell patient.

Understanding the various haemodynamic readings and what they mean


Evidence based drugs used in the acute cardiac care settings

The following drugs will be explained in the context of their physiology, usages, effects and side effects:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel A
  • CE inhibitors
  • Beta blockers
  • Mineralocorticiod antagonists (MRAs)


Cardiac Emergencies

Management of peri and cardiac arrest scenarios in accordance with current ALS guidelines.

A number of case scenarios will be discussed.



  • To bring about a deeper understanding of heart disease processes in relation to physiology.
  • To provide an understanding of the 12 lead ECG and be able to interpret ischaemia, infarct, and areas of the heart affected
  • To become more competent in the care of a patient with a temporary or permanent pacemaker
  • Understand the concept of contra pulsation and how it promotes perfusion and reduces the workload of the heart.
  • To help the nurse become more competent in understanding the significant of all blood results.
  • To be competent in caring for patients with central and arterial lines.
  • To become more knowledgeable in learning about evidence based cardiac drugs.
  • If deterioration occurs in the periarrest or arrest situation, to help deal with this in a didactic professional manner.


  • Nurses
  • Cardiac Physiologist and Technicians
  • Allied Health Professionals

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