Ongoing Projects of the VASCUNET

Currently, there are several ongoing projects and data collections organised by the VASCUNET committee. According to the organizational structure of the committee, the projects are linked to one of the main research branches (validation & methodology, peripheral arteries, aorta, carotid arteries, rare diseases).

The ongoing data collections and studies are further described below.

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VASCUNExplants Project

EVAR is a treatment option widely accepted for AAA. One of the most specific complications related to this technique is the appearance of endoleaks, i.e. the existence of blood between the wall of the stent and the wall of the aorta that continues to pressurize the aneurysmal sac increasing the probability of rupture.

Principal Investigator: Cristina Lopez Espada

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair has undergone significant changes during the last decade. Since the first VASCUNET report, several publications concerning endovascular vs. open repair practice, volume-outcome relationship, threshold for repair and further quality improvement projects have been published.

Principal Investigator: Kevin Mani

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Core Variables and Recommendations

The VASCUNET aims to improve comparability and harmonization of real-world evidence. With several international Delphi consensus studies involving multidisciplinary experts, this collaboration provided a core data set for peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) and acute limb ischaemia. Further projects concerning complex endovascular aortic repair are currently ongoing.
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Amputation Practice

This international audit showed large geographical differences in major amputation rates, by a factor of almost six, and an overall declining time trend during the 4 year observation of this study. Diabetes prevalence, age distribution, and mortality rates were also found to vary between countries. The Global Amputation Study (GAS) is currently ongoing to include more countries and determine underlying factors for the identified differences.
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Carotid Artery Stenosis

Despite evidence about treatment options for carotid artery disease, the proportion of asymptomatic patients, treatment modality, and the proportion of women and octogenarians vary considerably among and within countries. There was a significant association of treating more asymptomatic patients in countries with fee for service reimbursement. The findings reflect the inconsistency of the existing guidelines and a need for cooperation among guideline committees all over the world.

Principal Investigator: Maarit Venermo

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Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease (PAOD)

To determine differences in the invasive treatment of symptomatic peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) treatment between countries participating in the VASCUNET and International Consortium of Vascular Registries (ICVR).

Principal Investigator: Christian-Alexander Behrendt

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