The goals of this activity are to improve the prevention and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, as well as the management of patients with cardiovascular disease. After completing the activity, the clinician will be better able to: 1.Describe the specific situations or patients in which closure of a patent foramen ovale may be appropriate. 2.Discuss the role of cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation. 3.List differences between new guidelines for treating patients with hypertension, and specifically summarize the recommendations for managing hypertension in elderly patients. 4.Evaluate the role of warfarin and the novel oral anticoagulants in the management of venous thromboembolism.
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