The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories of September 2022

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September’s top stories featured news of a trial to evaluate women’s experience of early endovascular aneurysm repair, and of a special women-focused edition of the Annals of Vascular Surgery. A guest commentary on the importance of advocacy in vascular surgery and findings of a Black-White disparity in ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm repair wait times were also among the most-read articles last month.

1. Aortobifemoral grafting in the endovascular era: An exploration of the open procedure and its merits among ‘good-risk’ patients today

Aortobifemoral grafting for aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) probably remains “very safe” in the era of endovascular repair, according to the senior author behind a new paper exploring optimal approaches to the often burdensome condition.

2. WARRIORS randomized trial aims to examine early EVAR in women

A multinational collaboration of researchers received endorsement from the Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum (GCRFF) Multinational Clinical Trials Initiative for the WARRIORS (Women’s abdominal aortic aneurysm research: repair immediately or routine surveillance) trial.

3. No time like the present: The moral imperative for advocacy in vascular surgery

“I’m so sorry but we have to cancel your surgery”—10 words any warm-blooded surgeon dreads uttering. This time around, it was not for the typical reasons. Our patients’ blood pressure wasn’t sky high in pre-op, and our case wasn’t being bumped for the trauma du jour.

4. Annals of Vascular Surgery announces special issue dedicated to original work by women

The Annals of Vascular Surgery peer-review journal has announced an upcoming special issue dedicated to original work by women that is set to be guest edited by Caitlin W. Hicks, MD.

5. Black patients wait more than twice as long as White patients for rAAA repair, VQI analysis finds

Black patients saw significantly delayed care for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (rAAAs), with a Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) analysis showing a median time from hospital admission to intervention of 168 vs. 78 minutes compared to White patients. 

6. WVS 2022: Study probes who benefits from EVAR among patients with chronic kidney disease

Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) represent a high-risk group who may not benefit from elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) under traditional sizing criteria. 

7. PAD: Endovascular revascularization ‘superior or not significantly different’ in terms of outcomes versus open repair

A real-world analysis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients in Canada indicated open revascularization may not offer a long-term benefit over endovascular intervention.

8. Corner Stitch: Audible Bleeding cuts down to vascular core

Many Corner Stitch readers subscribe to Audible Bleeding, the vascular surgery podcast for updates on all things vascular. We were lucky to pick the brains of founders Adam Johnson, MD, and Kevin Kniery, MD. 

9. Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative celebrates one million procedures

The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) clinical registry announced it has now collected more than one million procedures in its database.

10. Treating PAD: ‘Run, don’t walk, to sign up for this incredible course’

“This is going to be a great course with experts in the field teaching novel endovascular technologies,” said Leigh Ann O’Banion, MD, one of 18 faculty members for the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Complex Peripheral Vascular Intervention (CPVI) Skills course.

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