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Continuing Education for Radiologic Technologists


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Course: ASRT Authored Courses, Cardiology

Module: An Introduction To Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Module Description: Audience: Cardiac or vascular intervention, Cardiac Invasive Specialists, vascular sonographers and echocardiographers.
Prerequisites: None
Skill level: intermediate to advanced
Expand your interventional knowledge by learning the physiological basics of cardiovascular medications. Cardiovascular medications are powerful tools in the cath lab arsenal, and you can expand your interventional knowledge by learning the physiological basics of these drugs. In addition to describing clot formation and platelet activation, cath lab pro Charlene Shellenberger, B.S., RN, RCIS, covers all aspects of major anticogulant, antiplatelet and thrombolytic medications including dosages, administration, indications and contraindications.


Learning Objectives
• Describe the body’s clotting mechanism, the role of platelets and natural clot breakdown.
• Differentiate between anticoagulants, antiplatelets and thrombolytics.
• Discuss ablation catheter fundamentals, including the criteria for choosing catheter tips.
• Identify major percutaneous coronary intervention medications, their origins, dosages and considerations for use.
• Explain the autonomic nervous system and the action of life-saving medications used for advanced cardiac life support.


Author: ASRT: American Society of Radiologic Technologists
About the author: The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.