Volume 11 - Issue 8 - August 2014

Image-Guided Intravascular Crossing of Chronic Total Occlusions

Craig Walker, MD

Welcome to the August 2014 issue of Vascular Disease Management. I have chosen to comment on Dr. Heuser’s case report, in which he utilizes the Ocelot device from Avinger to cross a totally occluded superficial femoral artery (SFA). continue reading
Key words: critical limb ischemia, peripheral vascular disease, atherectomy, chronic occlusion

Ocelot With Wildcat in a Complicated Superficial Femoral Artery Chronic Total Occlusion

Soundos K. Moualla, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI
From Phoenix Heart Center, Phoenix, Arizona

ABSTRACT: Of the population of patients with symptomatic peripheral vascular disease (PVD), 40% have lower-extremity peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are a challenge to vascular specialists, particularly when the lesions are calcified, long, and associated with poor distal run-off. These challenges often contribute to failure of percutaneous revascularization, and they often require surgical interventions, which are risky in high-risk operable candidates. continue reading
Key words: critical limb ischemia, chronic occlusion, atherectomy, peripheral vascular disease

The Impact of a Vascular Learning Management System on Surgical Trainee Education

Anahita Dua, MD1; Sapan S. Desai, MD2 From 1University of Texas-Houston, Center for Translational Injury Research, Houston, Texas, and 2Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

ABSTRACT: Introduction: This study aimed to determine the impact of an online, structured learning management system (LMS) on the learning of vascular surgical trainees by comparing qualifying examination performance with and without LMS utilization. Method: The vascular LMS course, inclusive of an online curriculum, peer-reviewed textbook, and 717 board-style vascular practice questions with explanations, was created in 2010. continue reading
Key words: vascular surgery

A Comprehensive Approach to Critical Limb Ischemia: An Interview With Carlos Mena, MD

Interview by Jennifer Ford

Carlos Mena, MD, is an interventional cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital, a tertiary referral center in Connecticut that is the 4th largest hospital system in the United States. continue reading
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Volume 11 - Issue 8 - August 2014

Image-Guided Intravascular Crossing of Chronic Total Occlusions

Craig Walker, MD

Welcome to the August 2014 issue of Vascular Disease Management. I have chosen to comment on Dr. Heuser’s case report, in which he utilizes the Ocelot device from Avinger to cross a totally occluded superficial femoral artery (SFA). continue reading
Key words: critical limb ischemia, peripheral vascular disease, atherectomy, chronic occlusion

Ocelot With Wildcat in a Complicated Superficial Femoral Artery Chronic Total Occlusion

Soundos K. Moualla, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI
From Phoenix Heart Center, Phoenix, Arizona

ABSTRACT: Of the population of patients with symptomatic peripheral vascular disease (PVD), 40% have lower-extremity peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are a challenge to vascular specialists, particularly when the lesions are calcified, long, and associated with poor distal run-off. These challenges often contribute to failure of percutaneous revascularization, and they often require surgical interventions, which are risky in high-risk operable candidates. continue reading
Key words: critical limb ischemia, chronic occlusion, atherectomy, peripheral vascular disease

The Impact of a Vascular Learning Management System on Surgical Trainee Education

Anahita Dua, MD1; Sapan S. Desai, MD2 From 1University of Texas-Houston, Center for Translational Injury Research, Houston, Texas, and 2Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

ABSTRACT: Introduction: This study aimed to determine the impact of an online, structured learning management system (LMS) on the learning of vascular surgical trainees by comparing qualifying examination performance with and without LMS utilization. Method: The vascular LMS course, inclusive of an online curriculum, peer-reviewed textbook, and 717 board-style vascular practice questions with explanations, was created in 2010. continue reading
Key words: vascular surgery

A Comprehensive Approach to Critical Limb Ischemia: An Interview With Carlos Mena, MD

Interview by Jennifer Ford

Carlos Mena, MD, is an interventional cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital, a tertiary referral center in Connecticut that is the 4th largest hospital system in the United States. continue reading
Key words:
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