After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Confidently interpret troponin values in order to rule in or rule out myocardial infarction.
  • Use natriuretic peptides, such as BNP and NT-proBNP, to diagnose heart failure.
  • Differentiate cardiac and pulmonary causes of dyspnea using only natriuretic peptide measurement.
  • Recognize that neprilysin inhibitors interfere with BNP measurement.
  • Identify patients with dyslipidemia and assess their cardiovascular risk.
  • Describe the meaning of Lp(a) in cardiovascular risk prediction.
  • Choose when to measure D-dimer and when not to measure D-dimer in the context of pulmonary embolism.
  • Consider a patient’s age when interpreting D-dimer lab results.
  • Avoid preanalytical errors in sample collection in order to make the right clinical decisions.
Chapter 1

The importance of thinking ahead

Planning ahead is crucial in cardiology lab testing. Learn about various phases of testing, avoiding collection mistakes, and applying predictive values to real-life diagnoses.
6 Lessons (25m 03s)
Chapter 3

Natriuretic peptides and heart failure

Here, you’ll cover the relationship between natriuretic peptides and heart failure, how they’re used in diagnosis, and interpreting labs after neprilysin inhibitor treatment.
6 Lessons (28m 06s)
Chapter 5

Lab markers in pulmonary embolism

Catch your breath as you finish the course with pulmonary embolism testing. Learn about D-dimer testing, tools, and prognostic markers used in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.
7 Lessons (22m 55s)