CME Activity

Venous Thrombosis

Course Directors

Kenneth Bauer
Kenneth Bauer, MD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Chief, Hematology Section, VA Boston Healthcare System,
Director, Thrombosis Clinical Research,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

David Feinbloom
David Feinbloom, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Academic Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Accredited by

Harvard Medical School

Course Description

The most common presentations of venous thromboembolism (VTE) are deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the lower extremity and pulmonary embolism. A risk factor for VTE, either hereditary or acquired, can now be identified in approximately 80 percent of patients. Furthermore, there is often more than one factor at play in a given patient. As an example, 50 percent of thrombotic events in patients with inherited thrombophilia are associated with an acquired risk factor (eg., surgery, pregnancy, oral contraceptives). In addition, some patients have more than one form of inherited thrombophilia and appear to be at greater risk for thrombosis.

The approach to the adult patient with deep venous thrombosis will be discussed here with an emphasis upon the use of diagnostic tests to establish an accurate diagnosis and the initiation of anticoagulant therapy. Indications for testing for an inherited cause of thrombophilia are addressed along with the potential implications of the discovery of an underlying thrombophilic defect for the patient and affected relatives.

This course is intended for primary care and specialty physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who may encounter patients with venous thrombosis in their practices.

What You'll Learn:
- Identify appropriate steps in diagnosing deep venous thrombosis
- Describe the benefits of parenteral and oral anticoagulant therapy
- Discuss new information related to genetic prothrombotic risk factors

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME
Credit Amount:1.00 Credits
Release Date:2018-Jul-17
Expiration Date:2019-Jul-17
Estimated Time for Completion:1 hour
Registration Required:Yes

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