CVP Section Programming Highlights: CSM 2017

For this year’s combined sections meeting the cardiopulmonary section is proud to offer a diverse and exciting programming schedule.  The topics this year range from the management of shock in the intensive care units, to community wellness programs for children to a session on the utilization of social media for physical therapists.  The programming this year also features many collaborative lectures between different sections. This post will highlight some of our sessions and platforms for this year’s conference. Please, follow this link to view the full selection. I’m certain you’ll find a session, poster (Thursday 1-3pm) or platform that is not only interesting but valuable, no matter your practice setting! Also, be sure to follow the CVP section’s official twitter account @APTAcvp and #cvpPT to keep up with all of the excitement from all of our programming!


A Focus on Wellness, Fitness and Prevention

Pam Bartlo PT, DPT, CCS

One of our first sessions “Beyond three sets of 10: individualized exercise prescription for chronic condition‘ discusses a topic that has gained quite a bit of publicity in recent years, which would be implementing the most effective training load in rehabilitation.  Most of the attention surrounding this issue has been focused on populations with less severe chronic conditions, however appropriate training loads to produce physiological adaptations are just as important for patients with chronic disease.  This session will include methods for individualizing exercise prescription for patients with chronic conditions using a variety of modes across a variety of settings, and will present a few case studies.  Moving beyond cookie cutter/three sets of 10 exercise prescriptions is incredibly important for physical therapy practice. We’re excited to provide a session that will help therapists in making therapeutic exercise dose specific for more complex cases!

Sharon Martino PT, PhD

A recurring theme this year for our programming is the concept of wellness and disease prevention efforts through exercise and lifestyle modifications.  This year we offer two sessions covering these programs.  On Thursday, February 16 the presentation “Inter-disciplinary fitness wellness and chronic disease management for children” will describe how physical therapists can uniquely position themselves in ways to intervene, inform and collaborate on individualized prevention wellness and fitness programs for children.  These efforts are incredibly important as childhood obesity and diabetes are becoming more and more prevalent in children; which if not managed may result in higher rates of cardiovascular disease when these children become adults.

Carling Butler PT, DPT, MSCI

On Saturday February 18th, the session Physical therapy in the community: prevention where we win learn work and play, will discuss how to address disease prevention efforts using a community based approach.  The authors of this presentation will present the findings from community-based disease prevention research studies in their local communities. The session will also compare their findings to national initiatives that physical therapists may be able to integrate themselves within their own communities. This talk will also feature Mike Eisenhart, of Free The Yoke who will discuss some of the successful community based efforts he developed as a clinician.

Also, be sure to check out the annual “Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research Review” hosted by Larry Cahalin PT, PhD, CCS and Paul Ricard PT, DPT, CCS (a fan favorite) and the prestigious Linda Crane Lecture: Resilience – Everyone Has It, What Will You Do With Yours?


This year we are proud to offer 3 separate sessions for platforms. Each session includes great topics with some reoccurring themes including the evidence regarding sternal precautions, functional outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disorders and blood pressure screening in physical therapy practice.  We have included just a few highlights for each platform session however, each talk will include excellent information pertaining to cardiopulmonary physical therapy practice!

Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; Room: 212A

Session 1: Friday, Feb 17, 2017. 8:00AM-11:00AM


  • Sternal micromotion during upper limb movements: is it time for a change to sternal precautions following cardiac surgery via a median sternotomy? Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Speaker: Doa El-Ansary, BAppSc(Phty), PhD
  • Motor Vehicle Driving After Cardiac Surgery Via A Median Sternotomy: Mechanical and Cognitive Considerations. Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Speaker: Doa El-Ansary, BAppSc(Phty), PhD
  • Discharge Location and Functional Mobility Following Median Sternotomy. Time: 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Speaker: Ted Marks, DPT, CCS.

Session 2: Friday, Feb 17, 2017. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


  • Functional Outcome Measures in Patients Undergoing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Time: 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Speaker: Nathan Hellyer, PT, PhD
  • Physical Activity, Balance Performance and K-Levels in Individuals With Below Knee Amputations. Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Speaker: Alegra Devour, SPT
  • Static and Dynamic Balance in Individuals with Cardiovascular Disease: A Pilot Study. Time: 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Speaker:  Neeti Pathare, Phd, PT

Session 3: Saturday, Feb 18, 2017. 8:00AM-11:00AM


  • Use of Telehealth for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure Undergoing Physical Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review. Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Speaker: Ashley Anderson
  • White Coat Syndrome: Effect on arterial blood pressure in a controlled environment. Speaker: Tamara Hefferon, DPT. Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
  • Blood Pressure Attitudes, Practice Behaviors and Knowledge Among Outpatient Physical Therapists. Time: 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Speaker:  Sara Arena, PT, MS, DScPT


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