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Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the human body, which extends into the abdomen. If the wall of this blood vessel becomes weakened, it can stretch, "balloon" out and rupture. A rupture, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. The exact cause of this condition is unknown. However, it often occurs in older adults, especially males, those with a high cholesterol level, and in smokers. There also tends to be a genetic link to this disorder.
Research: Reducing emergency surgery for common procedures could cut health care costs

Research: Reducing emergency surgery for common procedures could cut health care costs

New research indicates that reducing emergency surgery for three common procedures by 10 percent could cut $1 billion in health care costs over 10 years. [More]
New guideline now available to help prevent, treat delirium in older patients

New guideline now available to help prevent, treat delirium in older patients

A new guideline is available to help health care providers prevent and treat one of the most common postoperative complications in older patients, delirium, which is an episode of sudden confusion. [More]
Lombard Medical presents positive data from PYTHAGORAS PMA trial of Aorfix at VEITHsymposium

Lombard Medical presents positive data from PYTHAGORAS PMA trial of Aorfix at VEITHsymposium

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), today presented efficacy and safety data from the two-year follow up of the U.S. PYTHAGORAS pre-marketing approval (PMA) trial of Aorfix, the first and only endovascular stent graft with global approvals for the treatment of patients with aortic neck angulations up to 90 degrees. [More]
Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment

Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Simbionix recently launched a multi-center, randomized study comparing the clinical performance of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) procedures with and without prior rehearsal in a virtual environment for physicians. [More]
ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

The first comprehensive ESC Guidelines on aortic diseases are published today. They are presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Task Force Chairpersons Professor Raimund Erbel (Germany) and Professor Victor Aboyans (France). [More]
Surgeon explains who needs screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Surgeon explains who needs screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Bulges in body's major blood vessel can cause potentially lethal ruptures, blood clots. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition: If the body's major blood vessel ruptures, it can prove deadly. [More]
Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the safety benefits of aortic stent grafts inserted during minimally invasive surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms - weaknesses in the body's largest artery that can rupture, causing potentially lethal internal bleeding. [More]

Lombard Medical exhibits Aorfix system at Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting symposium

Lombard Medical, Inc, a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), exhibited its Aorfix Endovascular stent graft system at the 18th international experts' symposium, Critical Issues in Aortic Endografting, in Malmö, Sweden on June 27-28, 2014. [More]
High-risk surgery patients who visit primary care physician have lower risk of hospital readmissions

High-risk surgery patients who visit primary care physician have lower risk of hospital readmissions

Patients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study in JAMA Surgery shows. [More]
Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Follow-up with a primary care provider (PCP) in addition to the surgical team is routinely recommended to patients discharged after major surgery despite no clear evidence that it improves outcomes. [More]

Lombard Medical showcases Aorfix Endovascular Stent Graft at SVS Annual Meeting

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), showcased its Aorfix Endovascular Stent Graft at the 2014 Society for Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting in Boston, June 5-7. [More]
Blood pressure has heterogeneous associations with cardiovascular diseases

Blood pressure has heterogeneous associations with cardiovascular diseases

The associations between blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are variable, reveals a large study that highlights the impact of angina and heart failure. [More]
Systolic, diastolic blood pressures may have different effects on different types of cardiovascular diseases

Systolic, diastolic blood pressures may have different effects on different types of cardiovascular diseases

Raised systolic and diastolic blood pressures may have different effects on different types of cardiovascular diseases and at different ages, according to new research involving 1.25 million patients from primary care practices in England published in a special themed issue of The Lancet. [More]
Heart problems less likely for spouses than for single people

Heart problems less likely for spouses than for single people

People who are married have lower rates of several cardiovascular diseases compared with those who are single, divorced or widowed, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. The relationship between marriage and lower odds of vascular diseases is especially pronounced before age 50. [More]
Marriage linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Marriage linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Marriage is criticized for many things — justly and unjustly — but not heart disease, according to findings of a recent study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
Marital status affects risk of heart disease, survey shows

Marital status affects risk of heart disease, survey shows

Analysis of surveys of more than 3.5 million American men and women, administered at some 20,000 health centers across the country - believed to be the largest analysis of its kind ever performed - found that married people, regardless of age, sex, or even cardiovascular risk factors, had significantly less chances of having any kind of cardiovascular disease than those who were single, divorced or widowed. [More]
New AAA screening program reduces number of undiagnosed at-risk men by more than 50%

New AAA screening program reduces number of undiagnosed at-risk men by more than 50%

A screening program for abdominal aortic aneurysms, integrated into an electronic health record, dramatically reduced the number of unscreened at-risk men by more than 50 percent within 15 months, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, which - if ruptured - can result in death. [More]
Beaumont Health System use new balloon ablation technology to treat atrial fibrillation

Beaumont Health System use new balloon ablation technology to treat atrial fibrillation

Beaumont Health System is the first center outside of Japan to use a new balloon ablation technology to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder that affects about 3 million people in the U.S. [More]
Temple University Hospital to test multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm

Temple University Hospital to test multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm

Temple University Hospital (TUH) could be among the first U.S.-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm, a condition characterized by the formation of a potentially life-threatening bulge in the aorta. [More]
ASA's recommendations to help patients avoid unnecessary tests for chronic pain

ASA's recommendations to help patients avoid unnecessary tests for chronic pain

Not prescribing opioids first or as a long-term therapy for chronic, non-cancer pain and avoiding MRIs, CTs and X-rays for low-back pain are among the tests and treatments identified by ASA that are commonly ordered but not always necessary. [More]