Angina Pectoris: Treatment Implications for Home Health Physical Therapists

This is an elective course in the Advanced Competency in Home Health program for both Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. However, any registrant may participate in this course for credit and you are not required to participate in the Advanced Competency program in order to complete this course.

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Course Description

Angina pectoris, or chest pain, is a frequent manifestation of coronary artery disease (CAD). Although not seen in all patients with CAD, it is an unwelcome distractor during any physical therapy session. Angina pectoris is often problematic relative to establishing safe and efficacious exercise progressions. The purpose of this elective module is to clarify anginal mechanisms, to describe various angina types, to offer recommendations toward reducing symptom elicitation, and to provide guidelines in dealing with the condition should symptoms worsen.

Meet our Presenter

Donald K. Shaw, PT, PhD, D.Min., Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Donald K. Shaw, PhD, PT, is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce University - Arizona Campus. Prior to his present position, Dr. Shaw was a Professor of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University and at Midwestern University. In 2002, he joined the physical therapy faculty at Texas State University and developed their Telehealth Program. His academic career began at East Carolina University where he was an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Department. Clinically, he served as Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Shaw received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physical Education from George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois; his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Most recently, he completed his D.Min. degree in Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, North Carolina.

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Completion Instructions

Review the content materials, complete the assessment with at least a 70% score, claim your certificate.

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Learning objectives

At the completion of this elective module, the physical therapist will be able to:

  • Describe the various mechanisms producing angina pectoris;
  • Identify anatomical areas where angina pectoris is typically experienced;
  • Provide two approaches to help avoid sign and symptom appearance during exercise;
  • Assess patient status should signs and symptoms crescendo;
  • Determine the several points at which 911 notification is clearly indicated.


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Domains:home health, Don Shaw, Cardiac Conditions, angina
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