Coronary Artery Disease: When Plaques AttackPage 2 of 12



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A drawing showing an artery with stenosis.

3D Science

     Tracey Long, PhD, RN, APRN
     JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN

Contact hours: 8
Expiration date: December 31, 2022
Course price: $39

Course Summary

Traces the gradual development of the atherosclerosis that underlies CAD and includes causes, risk factors, diagnosis, management, and complications. Concludes with the components of a cardiac rehabilitation program.

The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Define coronary artery disease, including its etiology and major forms.
  2. Name the 4 elements of CAD—its epidemiology—that the government tracks.
  3. Name and trace the 2 major coronary arteries and their immediate branches.
  4. Describe atherosclerotic plaque and explain how it contributes to CAD.
  5. List at least 5 symptoms and/or diagnostic procedures that will lead to a diagnosis of CAD.
  6. Name 4 of the various medical responses in managing CAD.
  7. Discuss 3 major complications of CAD.
  8. List at least 6 elements of cardiac rehabilitation.