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In this issue, experts from the Division of Vascular Surgery discuss Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting Using Novel Cerebral Protection Technology of Flow Reversal and Direct Carotid Access, Drug-Eluting Balloons in Peripheral Angioplasty, Improved Outcomes for Vascular Surgery Patients on Statins, Suction Thrombectomy for Iliocaval or Atrial Thrombus, Pulmonary Embolism, and Septic Vegetations, and The Era of Branched Aortic Endografts for the Treatment of Aortic Arch and Thoracoabdominal Aneurysms.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Discuss traditional angioplasty vs. drug-eluting balloon angioplasty in peripheral disease treatment.
  • Discuss the use and outcomes of statins for vascular surgery patients.  
  • Describe the difficulties of standard catheter-directed techniques for the removal of venous thrombus and the benefits of the AngioVac® System.

Reading Resources:

  1. Ridker PM, Stampfer MJ, Rifai N. Novel risk factors for systemic atherosclerosis: a comparison of C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, homocysteine, lipoprotein(a), and standard cholesterol screening as predictors of peripheral arterial disease. JAMA 2001;285:2481-5.
  2. Heart Protection Study Collaborative G. MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study of cholesterol lowering with simvastatin in 20,536 high-risk individuals: a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Lancet 2002;360:7-22.
  3. Resnick SA, O'Brien D, Strain D, et al. Single-Center Experience Using AngioVac with Extracorporeal Bypass for Mechanical Thrombectomy of Atrial and Central Vein Thrombi. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2016;27(5):723-729.
  4. Moriarty JM, Al-Hakim R, Bansal A, et al. Removal of Caval and Right Atrial Thrombi and Masses Using the AngioVac Device: Initial Operative Experience. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 in press
  5. Patel HJ, Dake MD, Bavaria JE, Singh MJ, Fillinger M, Fischbein MP, et al. Branched Endovascular Therapy of the Distal Arch Aorta: Preliminary Results of the Feasibility Multicenter Trial of Gore Thoracic Branch Endoprothesis. J Thor Surg March 2016
  6. Dake MD, Bavaria, JE, Singh MJ, Oderich GS, Fillinger M, Fischbein MP, et al. Management of Arch Aneurysms with Single Branch TEVAR in Zone 0: A US Feasibility Study of the Gore Thoracic Branch Endograft. J Thor Surg June 2016
  7. Oderich GS, Mendes B. Endovascular repair for TAAs With the t-branch multibranched Stent graft. Supp Endovasc Today Nov 2015


Dr. Avgerinos, Dr. Chaer, Dr. Eid, and Dr. Eslami report no significant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Hager serves as a consultant for Medtronic.

Dr. Singh serves on the continued education speakers’ bureau with Covidien, Ltd.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 8/11/2016 | Last Modified On: 8/11/2016 | Expires: 8/11/2017

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