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Supplement: Advanced Aortic Imaging and Intervention – Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy (free articles)

Series of review articles on the topic.


Low dose aspirin as adjuvant treatment for venous leg ulceration: pragmatic, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial (Aspirin4VLU) – The BMJ (free)

“Low dose aspirin does not increase time to healing of venous leg ulcers, percentage healed, estimated change in venous leg ulcer area, or change in health related quality of life”.


Randomized clinical trial of comprehensive geriatric assessment and optimization in vascular surgery – British Journal of Surgery (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Source: ACP Journal Club ($ resource to find articles of interest)

In this RCT, a comprehensive preoperative geriatric assessment and optimization before vascular surgery was associated with shorter length of hospital stay, lower incidence of complications, and patients were less likely to be discharged to a higher level of dependency.


A Meta-analysis of the Impact of Aspirin, Clopidogrel, and Dual Antiplatelet Therapy on Bleeding Complications in Noncardiac Surgery – Annals of Surgery (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Source: EvidenceAlerts (free resource to find articles of interest)

“Antiplatelet therapy at the time of noncardiac surgery confers minimal bleeding risk with no difference in thrombotic complications. In many cases, it is safe to continue antiplatelet therapy in patients with important indications for their use”


Growth and Rupture Risk of Small Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms: A Systematic Review – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Growth, rupture risk appear low for small intracranial aneurysms, review indicates – ACP Internist Weekly (free) AND How Frequently Do Small Brain Aneurysms Rupture? – MedPage Today (free registration required)

“The annualized rupture rate was 0% for aneurysms 3 mm or smaller, below 0.5% for aneurysms 5 mm or smaller, and below 1% for aneurysms 7 mm or smaller”


Carotid Artery Stenting Versus Endarterectomy for Stroke Prevention: A Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials – Journal of the American College of Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: CAS vs. CEA for Stroke Prevention – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free)

“CAS and CEA were associated with similar rates of a composite of periprocedural death, stroke, MI, or nonperiprocedural ipsilateral stroke. The risk of long-term overall stroke was significantly higher with CAS, and was mostly attributed to periprocedural minor stroke”.


Thrombolysis may reduce complications of deep vein thrombosis – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: Thrombolysis for acute deep vein thrombosis – Cochrane Library (Link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Thrombolysis reduced post-thrombotic syndrome, but lead to more bleeding complications than standard anticoagulation. “Individuals with clots in the pelvis and thigh, which carry higher risk of complications, may be likely to gain most benefit”.


ACR Appropriateness Criteria Adds Topics, Covers More Clinical Variants Than Ever Before (free)

Browse Appropriateness Criteria Topics (free)

Source: Newswise

This comprehensive guide from American College of Radiology (ACR) covers 230 topics with more than 1,100 clinical indications and has just been updated. It is a very useful resource for doctors in all specialties to guide which exam is most appropriate in each clinical situation.


Validating the HERDOO2 rule to guide treatment duration for women with unprovoked venous thrombosis: multinational prospective cohort management study – The BMJ (free)

Source: Richard Lehman’s weekly review

HERDOO2 rule stands for Hyperpigmentation, Edema, or Redness in either leg; D-dimer level ≥250 μg/L; Obesity with body mass index ≥30; or Older age, ≥65 years. The authors concluded that women with a first unprovoked VTE event and none or one of the HERDOO2 criteria have a low risk (3.0% per patient year) of recurrent VTE and can safely discontinue anticoagulants after completing short term treatment.


Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open – New York Times (free access to 10 articles per month)

“More and more surgeries are being performed with the patient awake and looking on, for financial and medical reasons”.


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