1-Hour Online Lesson

Early Screening to Optimize Women’s Cardiac Health

Lesson Description

Heart disease is a silent killer in women affecting one in five over age 50, and responsible for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined. More often than not, women succumb to heart attacks or strokes without any previous knowledge or diagnosis of pre-existing cardiac disease. Physical therapists are in a position to save lives and quality of life by recognizing that all women have significant increased risk for developing cardiac disease after menopause. Early screening for risk factors and education on lifestyle modifications may reduce a woman’s future risk for developing cardiac disease as much as 80%. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an understanding of the prevalence of heart disease in women along with simple screening tools to guide the therapist in developing a quality program that includes appropriate intervention for promoting women’s cardiac health and wellness.


At the end of this lesson, the participant will be able to:
1. Understand the importance of incorporating heart health intervention for women
2. Identify appropriate screening tools for women’s cardiac health
3. Utilization of screening results to develop appropriate intervention for the female client
4. Identify when to refer to other healthcare specialists for cardiac disease-prevention and wellness

Eligibility Requirement: This course is open to licensed PTs, PTAs and open to PT students. 


  • Online video (1 contact hour)
  • Lesson evaluation survey
  • Short multiple-choice question exam
  • Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam

Equipment needed: Internet access, computer


Karen Litos, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Karen has 20 years clinical experience and owns No Mom Left Behind Physical Therapy, a private practice in Okemos Michigan with a clinical focus on female pelvic health, prenatal, peripartum and postnatal recovery, and in the midlife menopause transition… continue reading

Karen Snowden, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Karen has 30+ years clinical experience and specializes in women’s and men’s health. She is known for her comprehensive, holistic approach in helping diverse patients achieve their personal goals, and she is passionate about clinical education.. continue reading


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