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Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Care for the Frontline Clinician

Be empowered and equipped to handle most any type of cardiovascular emergency with The Heart Course self‑study program.

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Learn optimal treatment strategies and new guidelines for the management of cardiac and vascular emergencies.

Course Topics:

  • Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Narrow Complex Tachycardias
  • Atrial Fibrillation Risk Stratification
  • Wide-Complex Tachycardias
  • Bradydysrhythmias
  • Cardiac Arrest Care
  • For the Faint of Heart: Cardiogenic Syncope
  • Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Smaller Hearts, Not Smaller Emergencies - Part 1 (Pediatric Cardiac Emergencies)
  • Smaller Hearts, Not Smaller Emergencies - Part 2 (ECG Primer, Syncope, Myocarditis)
  • Cardiotoxic Drugs of Abuse
  • Don’t Just Do Something…Stand There
  • STEMI Mimics You’ve Got to Know!
  • Emergency Cardiology Update: The Articles You’ve Got to Know!
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Ripping It to Pieces: Acute Aortic Dissection
  • Welcome to the Machine: Device Emergencies
  • Potpourri
  • Endovascular Therapy: State-of-the-Art Stroke Care
  • Posterior Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage…and Other Thunderclap Headaches

Watch or Listen Instantly and Earn Up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The Ultimate in Convenience to Meet Your Busy Schedule

  • Don’t miss family / work obligations
  • Avoid the expense and hassles of travel
  • Available in a variety of formats to suit your needs
  • Course content is accessible 24/7

Sample Lectures

Expand Your Knowledge of ECG Interpretation With the Optional ECG Workshop Presented by Amal Mattu, MD

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Master the Accurate Interpretation of ECGs and the Evidence-Based Care of the Acute Cardiac Patient.

Meet Our Expert Faculty

Our Energetic and Knowledgeable Faculty Will Provide You with State-of-the-Art Updates in Ways to Optimize the Care of the Acute Cardiac Patient.


Don’t Just Take Our Word for It, See What Your Colleagues Are Saying About The Heart Course.

  • Amazing. The standard in EM education!

    - Course Participant
  • Great information to help increase my knowledge and understanding. The ECG workshop was very helpful. I really enjoyed the course.

    - Course Participant
  • All instructors were excellent, up-to-date on topics, interesting and kept the course moving along.

    - Course Participant
  • I enjoyed all of the faculty and learned from each. I loved doing this via home on the computer at my own pace. much more relaxed.

    - Course Participant
  • Faculty very informative and easy to follow along!

    - Course Participant
  • Excellent speakers all around. Definitely one of the better conferences I have been to.

    - Course Participant
  • All of the presentations met and exceeded my needs/expectations.

    - Course Participant
  • I thought all the speakers were great, material presented was relevant, and realistic.

    - Course Participant
  • All the speakers were magnificent in their knowledge and delivery of information.

    - Course Participant
  • Dr. Mattu is an excellent speaker and educator. He presents the material in a way that makes it accessible and easy to follow and understand.

    - Course Participant
  • Each lecture was short and to the point.

    - Course Participant
  • Amal Mattu is possibly the best lecturer I have seen in the field of medicine.

    - Course Participant

The Heart Course
Self-Study CME Accreditation

The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) designates this self-study activity for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AOA automatically recognizes AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as AOA Category 2 credit.

Both PA and NP organizations recognize AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ as approved CME.

Target Audience

The Heart Course is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and advanced practice professionals that provide care to patients with acute cardiovascular problems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this self-study program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss chest pain risk stratification by exploring the ins and outs of the Heart Score
  • Identify the evidence-based strategies for the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (STEMI, and UA/ NSTEMI), atrial fibrillation, heart failure, transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage
  • Describe the mechanisms of action and optimal evidence-based use of new and emerging cardiovascular medications, including new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) therapy and reversal agents
  • Demonstrate state-of-the-art resuscitation strategies for patients presenting with cardiovascular emergencies
  • Evaluate and initiate appropriate treatment strategies for high-risk, high-threat electrocardiography (ECG) findings and unusual dysrhythmias
  • Discuss the emerging data on current and novel biomarkers in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Identify optimal antiplatelet and anticoagulant management strategies for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), atrial fibrillation (AF), venous thromboembolism (VTE), and stroke
  • Determine evidence-based best practices in the management of device-related emergencies in patients with cardiac disease, including ventricular assist devices (VADs), pacemakers, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Discuss chest pain risk stratification by exploring the ins and outs of the Heart Score