Dai-Do Do

University Hospital of Lausanne, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

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    ABSTRACT: For patients with acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis, it remains unclear whether the addition of intravascular high-frequency, low-power ultrasound energy facilitates the resolution of thrombosis during catheter-directed thrombolysis. In a controlled clinical trial, 48 patients (mean age 50±21 years, 52% women) with acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis were randomized to receive ultrasound-assisted catheter-directed thrombolysis (N=24) or conventional catheter-directed thrombolysis (N=24). Thrombolysis regimen (20 mg r-tPA over 15 hours) was identical in all patients. The primary efficacy end point was the percentage of thrombus load reduction from baseline to 15 hours according to the length-adjusted thrombus score, obtained from standardized venograms and evaluated by a core laboratory blinded to group assignment. The percentage of thrombus load reduction was 55%±27% in the ultrasound-assisted catheter-directed thrombolysis group and 54%±27% in the conventional catheter-directed thrombolysis group (P=0.91). Adjunctive angioplasty and stenting was performed in 19 (80%) patients and in 20 (83%) patients, respectively (P>0.99). Treatment-related complications occurred in 3 (12%) and 2 (8%) patients, respectively (P>0.99). At 3-month follow-up, primary venous patency was 100% in the ultrasound-assisted catheter-directed thrombolysis group and 96% in the conventional catheter-directed thrombolysis group (P=0.33), and there was no difference in the severity of the post-thrombotic syndrome (mean Villalta score: 3.0±3.9 [range 0-15] versus 1.9±1.9 [range 0-7]; P=0.21), respectively. In this randomized controlled clinical trial of patients with acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis treated with a fixed-dose catheter thrombolysis regimen, the addition of intravascular ultrasound did not facilitate thrombus resolution. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01482273. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.
    Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions 12/2015; 8(1). DOI:10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.114.002027 · 6.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To determine the specific lesion pattern of supplying arteries in patients with cardiovascular risk factors suffering from treatment-refractory erectile dysfunction (ED). Methods: From May 2012 to August 2013, 26 men (median age 55 years) poorly responsive to phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor therapy were evaluated for a possible vascular cause for their ED. The men were examined with penile duplex sonography and digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Arterial lesions in the common and internal iliac arteries and the internal pudendal arteries considered amenable to endovascular therapy were treated with angioplasty ± stents. Retrospectively, 2 blinded investigators independently evaluated the DSA images and categorized the vascular patterns of the erection-related arteries as normal, macroangiopathy (occlusive lesions of the internal pudendal arteries), or microangiopathy (smaller caliber arteries distal to the internal pudendal circulation with no distal arterial reconstitution). Results: Seventeen macroangiopathic lesions were successfully treated by angioplasty in 11 patients. The treated arterial lesions were mainly located in the internal (n=10) and common iliac arteries (n=2), whereas the internal pudendal artery were involved in 5 cases. Microangiopathic lesions lacking distal reconstitution were present in 7 patients, and the remaining 8 patients had normal vessels supplying the penis. Patients with macroangiopathy undergoing angioplasty had a higher prevalence of peripheral artery disease (63.6% vs 6.7%, p=0.003). Conclusion: In this preliminary series of ED patients with cardiovascular risk factors and pathologic duplex sonographic flow parameters, roughly 40% exhibited arterial lesions amenable to endovascular revascularization. In the patients with macroangiopathy, vessels upstream of the internal pudendal artery were most commonly affected. More studies are warranted to define the role of endovascular procedures in this ED subpopulation.
    Journal of Endovascular Therapy 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/1526602815613789 · 3.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The development of peripheral artery disease is affected by the presence of cardiovascular risk factors. It is unclear, whether particular risk factors are leading to different clinical stages of peripheral artery disease. The aim of this retrospective cross-sectional study was to assess the association of cardiovascular risk factors with the presence of critical limb ischaemia. The study cohort was derived from a consecutive registry of patients undergoing endovascular therapy in a tertiary referral centre between January 2000 and April 2014. Patients undergoing first-time endovascular intervention for chronic peripheral artery disease of the lower extremities were included. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to assess the association of age, sex, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, smoking, and renal insufficiency with critical limb ischaemia vs. intermittent claudication. A total of 3406 patients were included in the study (mean age 71.7 ± 11.8 years, 2075 [61%] male). There was a significant association of age (OR 1.67, 95%-CI 1.53-1.82, p < 0.001), male gender (OR 1.23, 95%-CI 1.04-1.47, p = 0.016), diabetes (OR 1.99, 95%-CI 1.68-2.36, p < 0.001) and renal insufficiency (OR 1.62, 95%-CI 1.35-1.96, p < 0.001) with the likelihood of critical limb ischaemia. Smoking was associated with intermittent claudication rather than critical limb ischaemia (OR 0.78, 95%-CI 0.65-0.94, p = 0.010), while hypertension and dyslipidaemia did not show an association with critical limb ischaemia. In peripheral artery disease patients undergoing first-time endovascular treatment, age, male gender, diabetes, and renal insufficiency were the strongest predictors for the presence of critical limb ischaemia. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Atherosclerosis 07/2015; 242(1):97-101. DOI:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2015.07.002 · 3.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Venous angioplasty with stenting of iliac veins is an important treatment option for patients suffering from post-thrombotic syndrome due to chronic venous obstruction. Interventional treatment of a chronically occluded vena cava, however, is challenging and often associated with failure. We describe a case of a chronic total occlusion of the entire inferior vena cava that was successfully recanalized using bidirectional wire access and a balloon puncture by a re-entry catheter to establish patency of the inferior vena cava. Copyright © 2015 by the Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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    ABSTRACT: Biomarkers are a promising tool for the management of patients with atherosclerosis, but their variation is largely unknown. We assessed within-subject and between-subject biological variation of biomarkers in peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients and healthy controls, and defined which biomarkers have a favorable variation profile for future studies. Prospective, parallel-group cohort study, including 62 patients with stable PAD (79% men, 65±7years) and 18 healthy control subjects (44% men, 57±7years). Blood samples were taken at baseline, and after 3-, 6-, and 12-months. We calculated within-subject (CVI) and between-subject (CVG) coefficients of variation and intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC). Age and gender-adjusted mean levels of D-dimer, hs-CRP, IL-6, IL-8, MMP-9, S100A8/A9, PAI-1, sICAM-1, and sP-selectin levels were higher in PAD patients than in healthy controls (P<.03 for all). CVI and CVG of the different biomarkers varied considerably in both groups. An ICC >0.5 (indicating moderate-to-good reliability) was found for hs-CRP, D-Dimer, E-selectin, IL-10, MCP-1, MMP-3, oxLDL, sICAM-1 and sP-selectin in both groups, for sVCAM in healthy controls and for MMP-9, PAI-1 and sCD40L in PAD patients. Single biomarker measurements are of limited utility due to large within-subject variation, both in PAD patients and healthy subjects. D-dimer, hs-CRP, MMP-9, PAI-1, sP-selectin and sICAM-1 are biomarkers with both higher mean levels in PAD patients and a favorable variation profile making them most suitable for future studies. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry 05/2015; 447. DOI:10.1016/j.cca.2015.05.003 · 2.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Type 2 diabetes mellitus and pre-diabetes are risk factors for atherosclerosis and are highly prevalent in patients with coronary artery disease. However, the prevalence of impaired glucose metabolism in patients with peripheral artery disease is not as well elucidated. We aimed at comparing prevalence rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus and pre-diabetes, which were diagnosed according to the current American Diabetes Association criteria, among 364 patients with peripheral artery disease, 529 patients with coronary artery disease and 383 controls. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus in peripheral artery disease patients was 49.7%. It was significantly higher in these patients than in coronary artery disease patients (34.4%; p < 0.001) and controls (21.4%; p < 0.001). Adjusted for sex, age and body mass index, odds ratios for type 2 diabetes mellitus were 2.0 (95% confidence interval 1.5-2.6) comparing the peripheral artery disease group with the coronary artery disease group (p < 0.001) and 4.0 (2.8-5.8) comparing the peripheral artery disease group with controls (p < 0.001). The prevalence of pre-diabetes among non-diabetic subjects was high in all three study groups (64.5% in peripheral artery disease patients, 63.4% in coronary artery disease patients and 61.8% in controls), without significant between-group differences. In conclusion, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is even higher in peripheral artery disease patients than in coronary artery disease patients. This observation underlines the need to consider impaired glucose regulation in the management of peripheral artery disease. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research 01/2015; 12(2). DOI:10.1177/1479164114560342 · 2.83 Impact Factor

  • 02/2014; 3(01):50-54. DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1346925
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    ABSTRACT: Coral reef aorta is a rare form of calcifying atherosclerosis typically involving the supra and juxtarenal aorta. Patients classically present with refractory hypertension, intermittent claudication and abdominal angina. The treatment is either surgical via transaortic endarterectomy or through transfemoral endovascular stent graft placement. Here we describe the case of a 45 year old female patient infected with human immunodeficiency virus, with resistant hypertension, lower limb and abdominal claudication, who was successfully treated with endovascular stent placement. We f urther provide a brief overview of the disease characteristics and treatment options.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To assess the need for clinically-driven secondary revascularization in critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients subsequent to tibial angioplasty during a 2-year follow-up. Methods: Between 2008 and 2010, a total of 128 consecutive CLI patients (80 men; mean age 76.5±9.8 years) underwent tibial angioplasty in 139 limbs. Rutherford categories, ankle-brachial index measurements, and lower limb oscillometries were prospectively assessed. All patients were followed at 3, 6, 12 months, and annually thereafter. Rates of death, primary and secondary sustained clinical improvement, target lesion (TLR) and target extremity revascularization (TER), as well as major amputation, were analyzed retrospectively. Primary clinical improvement was defined as improvement in Rutherford category to a level of intermittent claudication without unplanned amputation or TLR. Results: All-cause mortality was 8.6%, 14.8%, 22.9%, and 29.1% at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months. At the same intervals, rates of primary sustained clinical improvement were 74.5%, 53.0%, 42.7%, and 37.1%; for secondary improvement, the rates were 89.1%, 76.0%, 68.4%, and 65.0%. Clinically-driven TLR rates were 14.6%, 29.1%, 41.6%, 46.2%; the rates for TER were 3.0%, 13.6%, 17.2%, and 27.6% in corresponding intervals, while the rates of major amputation were 1.5%, 5.5%, 10.1%, and 10.1%. Conclusion: Clinically-driven TLR is frequently required to maintain favorable functional clinical outcomes in CLI patients following tibial angioplasty. Dedicated technologies addressing tibial arterial restenosis warrant further academic scrutiny.
    Journal of Endovascular Therapy 10/2013; 20(5):707-713. DOI:10.1583/13-4375MR.1 · 3.35 Impact Factor

  • Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 09/2013; 28(5). DOI:10.1053/j.jvca.2013.03.015 · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Although routine ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) reduces mortality in subjects at risk, it is often omitted in clinical practice. Because computerized alerts may systematically identify subjects at risk of AAA, we hypothesized that such alerts would encourage physicians to perform an ultrasound screening test. Patients and methods: We designed and implemented a computer alert system into the patient database of our vascular outpatient clinic at a tertiary referral hospital in Switzerland. An electronic alert was issued instantaneously each time a physician accessed non-invasive arterial work-up data from a male subject aged ≥ 60 years. The physician was forced to acknowledge the alert and could then order or withhold ultrasound screening. Results: From 2008 to 2012, alerts were issued for 1673 subjects. Following the alert, ultrasound screening was withheld in 1107 (65.6 %) subjects, and it was performed in 576 (34.4 %) of whom 155 were excluded for numerous reasons. Among 421 screened subjects, aortic diameters were < 25 mm in 353 (84 %), 25 to 29 mm in 20 (5 %), 30 to 54 mm in 40 (10 %), and ≥ 55 mm in 8 (2 %). Conclusions: The AAA prevalence among screened subjects with computerized alerts was high, confirming the necessity to routinely screen male subjects ≥ 60 years undergoing non-invasive arterial work-up. However, physician compliance with alerts was poor since only one quarter of subjects with alerts underwent screening. Further quality improvement initiatives are urgently required to facilitate routine AAA screening among subjects at high risk.
    VASA.: Zeitschrift für Gefässkrankheiten. Journal for vascular diseases 05/2013; 42(3):208-13. DOI:10.1024/0301-1526/a000268 · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To angiographically evaluate infrapopliteal arterial lesion morphology in a consecutive series of patients presenting with critical limb ischemia (CLI) and undergoing infrapopliteal angioplasty. Methods: A prospective analysis was undertaken of a consecutive series of CLI patients undergoing endovascular therapy in a tertiary referral center in the year 2011. Morphological assessment of baseline angiograms obtained prior to revascularization included lesion length, assessment of calcification using a semi-quantitative scoring system, and reference vessel diameter (RVD) measurement. Delta RVDs were assessed subtracting distal RVDs from proximal RVDs. A total of 197 infrapopliteal lesions in 105 CLI patients (n=106 limbs) were assessed. Of these, 136 lesions were treated by endovascular means. Results: The average length of treated lesions was 87.1±43.8 mm in stenoses and 124.0±78.3 mm in chronic occlusions (p<0.001). Mean RVD proximal to the lesions was 1.88 mm whereas it was 1.66 mm distal to the lesions (p≤0.03). Mean arterial calcification was 1.15. Conclusion: This prospective angiographic series underlines the complex nature and extensive longitudinal involvement of infrapopliteal lesions in CLI patients. These findings should be taken into consideration for anti-restenosis concepts in this challenging subgroup of peripheral artery disease patients.
    Journal of Endovascular Therapy 04/2013; 20(2):149-56. DOI:10.1583/1545-1550-20.2.149 · 3.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES To evaluate thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) as emergency therapy despite suspected aortic infection.METHODS Within a 5-year period, we treated 6 patients with a strategy of primary TEVAR despite suspected aortic infection in patients with symptomatic or already ruptured thoracic aortic pathology.RESULTSIn-hospital mortality was 16.7%. The reason for death was septic multiorgan failure. During follow-up, 2 patients were converted to secondary open surgery in a stable elective setting. The median follow-up was 42.5 months. All surviving patients are not receiving continuing antibiotic therapy. Freedom from infection is 100% to date.CONCLUSIONSTEVAR as emergency therapy despite suspected aortic infection is feasible and may well serve as a definite treatment option in selected cases. As recurring infection cannot be entirely excluded, life-long clinical and morphological surveillance remains mandatory.
    Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 01/2013; 16(4). DOI:10.1093/icvts/ivs539 · 1.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate patency and clinical efficacy of endovascular therapy for infrainguinal bypass obstructions. Patients were categorized with regard to symptoms (asymptomatic/intermittent claudication [IC] vs critical limb ischemia [CLI]), bypass graft material used (autologous vs prosthetic graft), and localization of distal anastomoses (femoropopliteal vs femorodistal bypass). Primary patency was defined as absence of sonographically verified stenosis greater than 50%. Assisted primary patency was applied to secondary revisions to prevent impending occlusion. Secondary patency refers to repeat interventions aimed at restoring bypass patency after occlusion. Primary sustained clinical improvement in IC was defined as an upward shift of at least one category per Rutherford classification, accordingly to a level of claudication in patients with CLI. A total of 54 patients (54 limbs, 12 with CLI) were included. At 1 year, primary patency rates were 74% in IC and 27% in CLI (P = .001), primary assisted patency rates were 85% in IC and 68% in CLI (P = .05), and secondary patency rates were 89% in IC and 100% in CLI (P = .32). Accordingly, primary sustained clinical improvement rates were 64% in IC and 25% in CLI (P = .018). After adjustment for confounding factors, CLI (hazard ratio [HR], 7.8; 95% CI, 2.3-26.32; P = .001) and impaired patent runoff (ie, less than three crural runoff vessels; HR, 0.16; 95% CI, 0.03-0.96; P = .045) were independently associated with impaired primary patency. Endovascular revascularization is a reasonable treatment option to prevent impending bypass occlusion. Presence of CLI and impaired crural runoff are independent risk factors for lower patency rates.
    Journal of vascular and interventional radiology: JVIR 08/2012; 23(8):1055-62. DOI:10.1016/j.jvir.2012.05.036 · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate arterial lesion characteristics and their impact on angiographic and clinical outcomes after endovascular below-the-knee (BTK) revascularization. Between April 2008 and June 2009, 33 patients (mean age 74.9 years) with 34 limbs and 50 arterial segments (mean lesion length 59.3 mm) undergoing endovascular BTK revascularization agreed to undergo prospective clinical and intraarterial angiographic 6-month follow-up evaluation. Clinical indication for BTK revascularization was critical limb ischemia (CLI) in 18 patients and delayed wound healing without hemodynamic evidence of CLI and intermittent claudication (IC) in 15 patients. Binary restenosis was observed in 40% of treated segments at 6 months. Primary sustained clinical improvement was 82.4% and 55.9% at 3 months and 6 months. Lesion length was independently associated with binary restenosis (hazard ratio [HR] 1.013, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.000-1.016, P = .05) and lower rates of primary sustained clinical improvement (HR 1.024, 95% CI 1.006-1.042, P = .008). Endovascular BTK revascularization yields clinical and angiographic benefits both for patients with IC and for patients with CLI. Although arterial lesion length adversely affects angiographic and clinical outcomes after endovascular revascularization, limb salvage rates were substantially higher compared with the comparatively low patency rates after BTK angioplasty.
    Journal of vascular and interventional radiology: JVIR 12/2011; 22(12):1665-73. DOI:10.1016/j.jvir.2011.08.028 · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with renal insufficiency (RI) are frequently excluded from trials assessing various endovascular revascularization concepts in critical limb ischemia (CLI) although information on clinical outcomes is scarce. Consecutive patients with CLI undergoing endovascular lower limb revascularization during a 4.5-year time interval at a tertiary referral center were prospectively followed over a 12-month period. Patients were grouped according to renal function defined as normal (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] ≥ 60 mL/min/1.73 m(2); n = 108, 49.5%), moderate RI (eGFR ≥ 30-59 mL/min/1.73 m(2); n = 86, 39.5%) and severe RI, including dialysis (eGFR < 30 mL/min/1.73 m(2); n = 24, 11%). Clinical endpoints assessed were sustained clinical success, peri- and postprocedural mortality and major, above-the-ankle amputation. Sustained clinical improvement was defined as an upward shift of at least one category on the Rutherford classification compared with baseline to a level of claudication without repeated revascularization or unplanned amputation in surviving patients. Survival analysis was performed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Multivariate regression analysis was conducted in separate models for all above-mentioned clinical endpoints. A total of 208 patients (218 limbs, mean age 77.1 ± 9.5, 131 men) underwent endovascular revascularization. Technical success rate was 95.2%, 92.5%, and 100% in patients without, moderate or severe RI. Sustained clinical success was 81.7%, 74.1%, and 51.5% in patients with normal renal function, 87.8%, 67.0%, and 63.3% with moderate, and 81.0%, 64.6%, and 50.2% with severe RI (P = .87 by log-rank) at 2, 6, and 12 months. Accordingly, major amputation rates were 9.9%, 18.2%, and 20.8% vs 9.9%, 22.6%, and 24% vs 12.5%, 16.7%, and 21.1% (P = .83, by log-rank). Mortality rates were 8.4%, 17.6%, and 26.5% in patients with normal renal function, 9.6%, 17.6%, and 30.1% with moderate and 17.5%, 26.6%, and 31.9% in patients with severe RI (P = .77, by log-rank) at corresponding intervals. Multivariate analysis revealed eGFR (hazard ratio [HR], 1.016; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.001-1.031; P = .036), age (HR, 1.12; 95% CI, 1.061-1.189; P < .0001) and cigarette smoking (HR, 3.14; 95% CI, 1.153-8.55; P = .026) to be predictors for increased mortality within 1 year of follow-up. While functional lower limb outcomes were not influenced by renal function in this study, presence of RI was an independent predictor for higher mortality in CLI patients undergoing endovascular revascularization.
    Journal of vascular surgery: official publication, the Society for Vascular Surgery [and] International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter 06/2011; 53(6):1589-97. DOI:10.1016/j.jvs.2011.01.062 · 3.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the clinical efficacy of endovascular therapy of symptomatic obstructions of the common femoral artery (CFA). Consecutive series of patients undergoing endovascular therapy of chronic CFA obstructions between 1995 and 2009 and who were followed systematically within a prospectively maintained database. Clinical assessment was based on current guidelines including ankle-brachial index (ABI) and was performed at baseline and the day of discharge and then repeated at 3, 6, and 12 months and annually thereafter. Technical success of intervention was defined as a final residual diameter stenosis of <30%. Sustained clinical improvement was defined as a sustained upward shift of at least one category on the Rutherford classification compared with baseline without the need for repeated target lesion revascularization (TLR) or amputation in surviving patients. Limb salvage was defined as absence of a major (ie, above the ankle) amputation. Survival analysis was performed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Ninety-eight patients (38 women, mean age 72 ± 11 years) presented with 104 ischemic limbs, 20 of which (19%) were classified as having critical limb ischemia (CLI). Technical success rate was 98%. Stents were placed in eight CLI patients (40%) and in 20 claudicants (24%). Mean ABI improved from 0.28 to 0.54 (P < .001) in CLI patients and from 0.61 to 0.85 (P < .001) in claudicants. Mean follow-up was 16 months. Primary sustained clinical improvement rates at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months were 55%, 55%, 40%, and 0% in CLI patients and 81%, 75%, 68%, and 52% in claudicants, respectively. Limb salvage rates at 24 months were 94% in CLI patients and 100% in claudicants. After adjustment for confounding factors, presence of ischemic ulcers (hazard ratio [HR], 4.7; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.49-14.85; P = .009), obstruction of the femoropopliteal arterial tract (HR, 3.9; 95% CI, 1.66-9.16; P = .002) and diabetes mellitus (HR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.02-5.28; P = .045) were independently associated with lower rates of sustained clinical improvement. Endovascular therapy of CFA obstruction is associated with high rates of sustained clinical success in claudicants with patent femoropopliteal outflow. Presence of ischemic skin ulcers and diabetes mellitus, however, are associated with impaired efficacy of endovascular CFA treatment.
    Journal of vascular surgery: official publication, the Society for Vascular Surgery [and] International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter 04/2011; 53(4):1000-6. DOI:10.1016/j.jvs.2010.10.076 · 3.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the perception of primary care physicians regarding the risk of subsequent atherothrombotic events in patients with established cardiovascular (CV) disease, and to correlate this perception with documented antithrombotic therapy. In a cross-sectional study of the general practice population in Switzerland, 381 primary care physicians screened 127 040 outpatients during 15 consecutive workdays in 2006. Perception of subsequent atherothrombotic events in patients with established CV disease was assessed using a tick box questionnaire allowing choices between low, moderate, high or very high risk. Logistic regression models were used to determine the relationship between risk perception and antithrombotic treatment. Overall, 13 057 patients (10.4%) were identified as having established CV disease and 48.8% of those were estimated to be at high to very high risk for subsequent atherothrombotic events. Estimated higher risk for subsequent atherothrombotic events was associated with a shift from aspirin monotherapy to clopidogrel, vitamin K antagonist or aspirin plus clopidogrel (p <0.001 for trend). Clopidogrel (12.7% vs 6.8%, p <0.001), vitamin K antagonist (24.5% vs 15.6%, p <0.001) or aspirin plus clopidogrel (10.2% vs 4.2%, p <0.001) were prescribed in patients estimated to be at high to very high risk more often than in those at low to moderate risk. Perception of primary care physicians regarding risk of subsequent atherothrombotic events varies in patients with CV disease, and as a result antithrombotic therapy is altered in patients with anticipated high to very high risk even though robust evidence and clear guidelines are lacking.
    Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift 03/2010; 140(11-12):168-74. · 2.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ever since the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was carried out in Switzerland in 1977, restenosis remains a major drawback of this minimally invasive treatment intervention. Numerous attempts to increase vessel patency after PTA have included systemic medications and endovascular brachytherapy, but these techniques have not met our expectations in preventing restenosis. Nitinol stents have been shown to reduce rates of restenosis and target lesion revascularization in patients undergoing endovascular treatment of long femoropopliteal obstructions. Despite further technical refinements in nitinol stent technology, restenosis occurs in approximately every third patient undergoing femoropopliteal stenting. Similarly, initial clinical trials with drug-eluting stents have failed to indicate restenosis inhibition in femoropopliteal segment. Unfortunately, restenosis rates after below-the-knee PTA and stenting have been reported to be even higher than those following femoropopliteal revascularization. Current concepts for the prevention and treatment of restenosis after PTA or stenting include the sustained release of antiproliferative paclitaxel into the vessel wall. Drug eluting balloons are a promising, novel technology aimed at inhibiting restenosis after PTA. Its clinical efficacy in reducing restenosis has already been proven for coronary arteries as well as for the femoropopliteal segment. The purpose of this article is to review the clinical utility of drug-eluting balloons for lower limb endovascular interventions.
    Techniques in vascular and interventional radiology 03/2010; 13(1):59-63. DOI:10.1053/j.tvir.2009.10.008
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    ABSTRACT: Navigation through a previously deployed and deformed stent is a difficult interventional task. Inadvertent navigation through the struts of a stent can potentially lead to incomplete secondary stent extension and vessel occlusion. Better visualisation of the pathway through the stent can reduce the risks of the procedural complications and reduce the reluctance of the interventionalist to navigate through a previously deployed stent. We describe a technique of visualisation of the pathway navigated by a guidewire through a previously deployed deformed and fractured carotid stent by the use of DynaCT. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the stent/microwire allows excellent visualisation of the correct pathway of the microwire within the stent.
    Neuroradiology 08/2009; 52(7):629-32. DOI:10.1007/s00234-009-0556-1 · 2.49 Impact Factor

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  • 2015
    • University Hospital of Lausanne
      Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
  • 2002-2015
    • Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern
      • • Swiss Cardiovascular Center Bern
      • • Department of Angiology
      Berna, Bern, Switzerland