If you knew an attacker had invaded your home, the natural response would be to fight back. What if instead of your home, the invasion took place in your arteries and the chambers of your heart? Cardiovascular diseases lead to more deaths nationwide than any other killer. Many victims are unconcerned about the lifestyle choices they have made that leave the door wide open to disease and are ignorant of what to do when they are struck down.

Proper vigilance requires proper education. Do your patients know how they might be increasing their risk for illness and how to decrease it? Do family caregivers know how to care for their loved one in the event of an illness while maintaining their own health? Help your patients achieve their health goals by accurately giving them the full picture of what it means to truly care for their heart.

Attendees will discover:

    • Lifestyle choices that can lead to different types of cardiovascular disease
    • Simple, effective steps to reduce the risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes
    • Boosting one’s chance of survival by knowing the warning signs of an attack and how to respond
    • The importance of proper rehabilitation to ensure the most successful recovery possible from a stroke or heart attack
    • How to educate patients and family members about the risks and care needs associated with cardiovascular disease

Instructor Qualifications:

Linda Priaulx holds degrees in Political Science from Stephens College in Columbia and Public Administration from Maryville University in St. Louis. For over 20 years Linda has been educating all ages and groups of people formally and informally as guest speaker or teacher. At Hickey College Linda educated high-schoolers in interpersonal skills that would help them garner success in their futures. From there she moved onto the medical field, educating seniors and their families as a Community Educator and in her current role as Outreach Manager at Continuum. Relying on training, observation, and practical experience, Linda helps families, patients, social workers, and medical personnel see the wide range of needs a senior and their family experiences as a senior transitions through levels of care.

Cathy Pasierb, MSW, LCSW, graduated from Washington University with a Master’s in Social Work. She practiced as a Geriatric Care Manager for seven years before joining Continuum in 2003. She was key in integrating Geriatric Care Management with the home care services provided at Continuum. While Cathy still provides direct care and oversight for clients, as the Executive Director her main focus is managing the daily operations of the company to ensure the highest quality of care possible for Continuum’s clients.

Course Information:

  • This course has been approved to provide one Continuing Education Credit (CEU) to Social Workers in the state of Missouri
  • You will need approximately 1 hour to complete this training
  • Progress cannot be saved; you will need to complete the training in one sitting
  • You will be tested after completing the training session

The following are the test questions you will be asked at the end of the training. We recommend keeping this list handy while viewing the presentation. You will need to answer all questions in order to be awarded CEU credit.

    1. Heart failure means the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should; thus, the body’s need for ______ and __________ isn’t being met.
    2. 80% of strokes are ________.
    3. Heart attack risk factors that cannot be changed are _______, __________, and ________.
    4. A _______ ________ is one of the best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease.
    5. People with _________ are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

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