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Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness

5 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



Deepen your understanding of pathology from a body/mind approach. Learn key concepts about how to recognize and confidently respond to soft tissue and movement therapy indications, precautions and contraindications for the cardiopulmonary system. This course also provides an excellent reference after the course is done.

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Content Outline

Cardiopulmonary System Disorders 1 hour
Assessment 0.5 hour
Therapeutic Actions 0.5 hour
Indications and Contraindications 1.5 hour
Research Findings 0.5 hour
Case Presentations 0.5 hour
Open-book Test and Course Evaluation 0.5 hour
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Lots of great information, easy to understand. Convenient and affordable, didn't have to travel or spend a lot of money on a class.

C. Weston, LMT

Extremely relevant information and topics. A delight to find such informative information on such advanced subjects.

P. Benson, LMP, AMTA

I always study with a marker in hand and highlight all useful information. My whole course is now a glowing yellow! Your course is excellent!

E. Allen, LMT

All of this information is extremely valuable to me, both personally and for my clients, most of whom are over the age of 70! Thanks for the clear presentation of complex and detailed information.

Mary Bea McCaffray, LMP

Very informative.

Kelly Green

Interesting and helpful.

Jodi Wojciechowski, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent materials!

Teresa Larsen, LMT

Great course.

Mary Kelly McDermott, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course.

Greg Satorie, LMT

Lots of important information. I will be reviewing and making charts to assist during health history taking with clients.

Jeanne Berger, LMT

This course was awesome. So much information that will be so helpful in my daily life as well as my practice.

Connie Stewart-Sacks, LMT

Excellent materials!

Danielle Doeing, LMT

Great course!

Therese Emil, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and will definitely be able to use it in my daily work!

Heather Hickman, LMT

Very clear. Shows IIHS has been hard at work refining and revising the material. And I learned a lot of new material.

Efrom Rachim Baskin, LMT

Great course!

Dondi Gasper, LMT, NCTMB

I loved this one! Challenging yet easy to follow and very informative.

Kristy Jones, LMT

Much information to gain...great review as well.

Colette Bomback, LMT

This course allowed me not only to review what I have already learned but to refresh my memory in matters that I might have forgotten.

Patrisha Tinsley-Cordero, LMT

Great course.

Andria Valent, LMP, NCTMB

I really liked this course.

Anna Ostarly, LMT

I will appreciate having this information on hand to be more aware.

Robin Alexander, LMP

I found this course to be extremely helpful. It's easy to get complacent after comfortably working with many clients for 27 years without incident. As I age, so do many of my regular clients. I would highly recommend this course to colleagues as an invaluable refresher.

Maryjane Michaud O'Connor, LMT

Really good course.

Elizabeth Henry-Barlow, LMT, NCTMB

This course helped me grow as a massage therapist.

Heidi Claridge

Excellent course for anyone. Good knowledge is working with an elderly client.

Terry Debiaw, LMT

Lots of great anatomy!!! Great refresher and excellent information to use in my practice! Thank you!

Robin Warren, LMT

This course was excellent!!!! Very important and enlightening. Thank you for providing great and informative courses.

Nora Sasson, LMT

This course provided me with excellent information that will benefit me and my clients in my massage practice.

Patrick Nicholson, LMT

The age old question: What do you know about what you don't know? This is material I will re-read and keep close at hand, and share with my clients. There is just so much to understand and know from the physiological side---it over taxes the mind with just how fascinating the body is and how marvelous it all works together to create homeostasis. So glad I stumbled on this course.

Pamela S. Clark, LMT, NCTMB

The site for the Institute is very user friendly. The course was not as hard to navigate as I thought it would be. Overall I am pleased with the experience of this online training as well as the detailed instruction.

Lucia Chan, LMT

Helpful course. Very detailed information about cardiopulmonary function and symptoms. Also interesting research findings and case presentations. Thanks !

Bonnie Britton, LMT, NCTMB

A wonderful review of the cardiopulmonary system. Valuable information that will benefit my massage practice.

Patricia Allwein, LMT

The information presented was up to date and very understandable to layman as well as professional. This gives appropriate information so that a discussion with a client regarding appropriate therapy can accomplish a lot for both of us!

Jean M. Cerny, LMT

Good course and user friendly with all the information to finalize with 100% score. very pleased!

Wendy Hall, LMT

This course was very interesting for my personal health as well as for my clients. Thank you for this online course.

Lorena Sue Boyce, LMT, BCTMB

Very well done for a complicated and important topic.

C. Jane Martin, LMBT

It was excellent. I can use it in my practice. I am really glad I took this course.

Dorota Orosz, LMT

Very well presented information, repeating as necessary to assist in learning. A great refresher that will be very helpful with my clients.

Susan Whitcomb, LMT


Joyanne Benedicto, LMT

This course was extremely informative, not only for understanding possible medical issues with clients but for personal reasons as well, having known so many people affected by many of these diagnoses.

T. Beyjo Gunnell, LMT

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was enlightening to know the indications and contraindications to the cardiopulmonary system.

Daniel Porter, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Define: lymphedema, heart failure, stroke, COPD, hypertension, heart attack, asthma, ischemia, PVD and embolus.
  2. Recognize the appropriate actions in response to signs of heart attack.
  3. Identify five contraindications relating to the cardiopulmonary system and five cardiopulmonary signs and/or symptoms that are reasons to refer the client to a primary care provider.
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Sample Text

"Stroke is a medical emergency. With proper treatment, the damage from a stroke can often be minimized. Activate the Emergency Medical System (EMS) by calling 911 if a client shows any of the following signs and symptoms that a stroke is occurring:

  • sudden slurred speech or difficulty swallowing
  • sudden confusion or difficulty understanding conversation
  • sudden numbness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • sudden blurred vision or asymmetry of pupil dilation (one pupil is larger than the other)
  • sudden extreme headache
  • dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • loss of consciousness (in severe cases)"

Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness by Sharon Burch

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Sample Test Question

A client suddenly exhibits the following symptoms: slurred speech, sudden numbness, sudden extreme headache, dizziness and loss of balance or coordination. You should

  1. lie him down with his feet elevated.
  2. question him about his heart history.
  3. activate the EMS system.
  4. drive him to the nearest hospital immediately.
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