Pregnancy and Thrombosis

Expires November 1, 2018


Length: 65:27 minutes


These presentations were originally delivered during the Mayo Medical Laboratories 2016 Clinical Update in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Conference. In these videos, Mary Marnach, M.D., and Amy Pollak, M.D., discuss pregnancy and thrombosis, pregnancy and mechanical heart valves and venous thromboembolism therapy in pregnancy.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss venous thromboembolism (VTE) as a potential morbidity and mortality issue in pregnancy.
  • Identify risk factors, signs and symptoms associated with VTE in pregnancy.
  • Evaluate the risk of cardiovascular complications for pregnant patients with mechanical heart valves
  • Determine appropriate anticoagulation strategies for mechanical heart valves depending upon trimester and peripartum.
  • Explain the need for prophylactic vs. therapeutic heparin in pregnancy and postpartum
  • Describe therapy for acute VTE in pregnancy.

Intended Audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.

Level of Instruction



Photo of Mary Marnach, M.D.Mary Marnach, M.D.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
Photo of  Amy Pollak, M.D.Amy Pollak, M.D.
Department of Cardiovascular Diseases
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida



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  1. Watch the video.
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Note: Participants requesting P.A.C.E.© credit, in compliance with ASCLS P.A.C.E. program requirements, must attain a score of 70% or higher on the posttest to obtain a certificate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hours. Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science for State of California and State of Florida credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General (Hematology) credit. The level of instruction for this program is intermediate. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.


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