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The Section has a 40-year history of promotion and advancement of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy practice, education and research. Our membership spans the United States as well as four other countries and reflects diverse practice settings, perspectives and experiences.Evidence of our contributions to the physical therapy profession can be found in our leadership, our educational programs, our publications, our specialty certification but, most importantly, in the dedication and activism of our members!

This website is the portal to information and resources that will:
  • Support members in their professional development and career advancement.
  • Provide consumers with necessary information regarding physical therapy for conditions related to, or resulting from, heart, lung or vascular disease.
  • Promote the American Physical Therapy Associations achievement of Vision 2020. Please use this site often and watch for new additions and changes as we continue to enhance its features.
Daniel Malone PT, PhD, CCS, President
Section News Items:

Request for Input / Feedback

Your input / feedback is requested for the following document:

The Role of Physical Therapists in the Management of Individuals at Risk for or Diagnosed with Venous Thromboembolism – An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline

Please download the document and send any feedback to:

Congratulations Anne Swisher!

Join the section in a BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNE SWISHER – our Section’s Journal Editor Anne has been awarded a Fullbright Scholarship for next academic year. See info below and join us in congratulating Anne on such a great accomplishment!

Anne Swisher, P.T., Ph.D., professor of physical therapy at the West Virginia University School of Medicine has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland, during the 2015-2016 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Dr. Swisher will work with the faculty in physiotherapy to teach students how to prescribe exercise for people with chronic health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, heart failure, and cystic fibrosis. She will also assist in creating and assessing medical simulation activities to help students in varied health disciplines work together to care for patients.

Section Newsletter

The latest Section Newsletter is now available in the Member Resources section. Login is required.

Call for Nominations

In the fall of 2014, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Members will elect the following positions with a term of 2015-2018.

  • Vice President
  • Nominating Committee Member

Download more details pdf

Expand Your Professional Horizons!

become a board certified specialist

Become a Board Certified Clinical Specialist. Applications for the 2015 exam cycle are available, and you may now apply online!

The application deadline for Specialist Certification in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary is July 01, 2014.

Access to the online application, the general information booklet, and additional information are available through the ABPTS website at Contact the Specialist Certification Program by phone at 800/999-2782, ext 8520; or by e-mail at with any questions about the process.

Research Award winners at CSM 2014

CV&P Section would like to congratulate the Research Award winners at CSM 2014.

Student Award:
KW. Feldman, AR Jackson, MD. Householder, DR. McKinney, SA. Hale, LW. McVery, Shenandoah University Physical Therapist ability to identify hypertensive status based upon visual observation.

Platform Award:
P. Hageman, CH. Pullen, PJ. Dizona. University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Change in cardiometabolic risk biomarkers in rural women following 6 months of participation in a web-based weight loss study.

Poster Award:
M. Brown, J Crist, R. Gaidoo, N. Little, A. Fisher, R Presson, T Lahm, I Petrache. Indiana University Six weeks of treadmill training at mild relative exercise intensity attenuates disease progression in a rat model of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

2014 residency in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

The VA in Ann Arbor Michigan is currently recruiting for its 2014 residency in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. Follow the link for more information and to apply - More Info pdf

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

View the proposed bylaw amendments here (member login required):
Proposed bylaw amendments

Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Early Mobility of mechanically ventilated patients is again being recommended. Dr. Gregory Schmidt spoke at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians. He recommended early active movement with physical therapy to improve function of these patients. Check out the full article here: Expert advocates more mobility for mechanically ventilated ICU patients

2013 Call For Nominations

In the fall of 2013, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Members will elect the following positions with a term of 2014-2017.
See the Section Elections page for more details.

CV&P Section Members Win APTA Awards

The CV&P Section is pleased to announce that several members of the section are receiving awards from APTA. The following Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section members have been selected by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Directors to receive the following awards from APTA’s 2013 Honors and Awards Program:
Glenn L. Irion, PT, PhD, CWS Lucy Blair Service Award
Steven HI Tepper, PT, PhD Lucy Blair Service Award
Debora A. Lasure, SPTA Mary McMillan Scholarship Award,
Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program
The awardees will receive these awards at the APTA’s Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 27 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at APTA Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah where these award recipients will be recognized.

All those at the APTA conference are invited to attend the ceremony. Congratulations to Glenn, Steve, and Debora!

Announcing the new Madison VA Cardiopulmonary Residency Program

William S Middleton Memorial VA Hospital
2500 Overlook Terrace
Madison, WI 53705

Applications are due by May 27, 2013. Interviews will be conducted in June with a final decision made by June 15, 2013. To apply candidates will need to complete the required Application for Health Professions Trainee (form 10-2850d) available at This application form along with a no greater than one page essay regarding personal interest and experience or background in cardiopulmonary physical therapy should be submitted to the Madison VA Residency Director.

For application submission or questions contact:
James Carlson, MPT, CCS
Madison VA Cardiopulmonary Residency Director
608-256-1901 ext 11107

Recognition of Advanced Proficiency April-26-2013

The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section is proud to support APTA's Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the PTA. PTAs interested in obtaining recognition will find the eligibility requirements and application information at

New Section Officers

The CVP Section would like to congratulate our new Section Officers.

President: Daniel Malone, PT, PhD, CCS

Nominating Committee Member: Sean Lowers, PT

Functional Limitation Codes

STARTING JANUARY 1, 2013 ALL PTS MUST REPORT FUNCTIONAL LIMITATION CODES AND MODIFIERS ON THEIR BILLING FORM FOR EACH MEDICARE BENEFICIARY. The reporting of the functional limitations on the claim form will be implemented on January 1, 2013. To assure smooth transition, CMS sets forth a testing period from January 1, 2013, until July 1, 2013. After July 1, 2013, claims submitted without the appropriate G-codes and modifiers would be returned unpaid.

Under this new rule nonpayable G-codes and modifiers will be included on the claim forms to capture data on the beneficiary's functional limitations:
A. at the outset of the therapy episode;
B. at a minimum every 10th visit; and
C. at discharge.

Preparing for Therapy Required Functional Reporting Implementation in CY 2013pdf

Smoking Ban Studies

Smoking Bans decrease rates of heart attacks and sudden cardiac death. Check out the following article detailing studies that have shown the link. Then as PTs we should promote this and work on smoking bans in the states that still don’t have them.

Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference 2012

Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference 2012: Creating and Sustaining a Physical Rehabilitation Program in the ICU Johns Hopkins University Sept 21-22, 2012

This course will provide practical solutions for developing an Early Rehabilitation Program. The course is designed for physicians, nurses, PTs, OTs, RTs, administrators, and other healthcare professionals who are facing clinical, cultural, institutional, and financial barriers in making early mobility in the ICU a reality. A multi-disciplinary group of speakers will bridge the interdisciplinary gap from research to clinical implementation at the bedside via:

  • Presenting evidence supporting early rehabilitation and mobility in the ICU
  • Explaining clinical decision-making regarding medical stability for early mobilization of ICU patients
  • Providing methods to identify and overcome specific barriers to implementation at your institution
  • Explaining inter-disciplinary roles in the ICU rehabilitation setting
  • Providing inter-professional networking opportunities
  • Providing written materials and resources to create and sustain an early rehabilitation program at your Institution

Anyone who may be interested in learning more about how to create and sustain an early ICU rehab program should consider attending this course. Brochure available at

Congratulations to Our 2012 Section Award Winners

CV & P Section Mentor Award Winner: Dianne Jewell, PT , PhD, DPT, CCS

CV & P Section Merit Award Winners: Ethel Frese, PT , DPT, MHS, CCS and Bobby Belarmino, PT , DPT, MA, CCS