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Right Internal Carotid Artery Clot Aspiration: 4.5 Minute Thrombectomy Using the ADAPT-FAST Technique and the ACE68 Catheter

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN




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AGENDA – ICI Conference – Innovation in Cardiovascular Interventions – December 14-16, at the David InterContinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN


1. ICI Scientific Program

ICI2014 speakers are some of the leading figures in the field. The preliminary list can be viewed at the ICI website.

ICI2014 will hold for the second time the “Wall to Wall Session – From the Great Wall of China to the Jerusalem Wall”. Click here for a glance at the 2013 program endorsed by Yanping Gao, the Chinese Ambassador in Israel.

Attendees will:

 Be exposed to promising research and new therapies in various phases of development.

 Learn from live case presentations on the impact of emerging technologies on current and future therapies.

 Gain insights from international experts speaking on important clinical topics—with an emphasis on future perspectives.

2. ICI Exhibition

The heart of the ICI Meeting is the strong International collaboration between Medicine and Industry. With an emphasis on technological developments, novel knowledge-rich technologies, and the diligent pursuit of solutions to yet unsolved problems in heart, brain and cardiovascular medicine, the ICI meeting features a State-of-the-Art Exhibition and Innovative Technology Parade.

Since 1995, the ICI exhibition is rapidly growing with more than 90 international exhibitors and sponsors, including the strongest players in the market alongside cutting edge innovative startups. ICI Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to connect and interact with the people that can affect the future of this field.

3. ICI Technology Parade

Focused on innovation, ICI provides an extensive platform for startup companies presenting their latest technologies. The Technology Parade can be a springboard for new companies with bright and creative new ideas. This is the perfect opportunity to help your business move “from idea to reality”. The Technology Parade Sessions enjoy a tremendous success in every meeting, attracting a wide variety of leading clinicians, scientists and corporate representatives. The wide spectrum of investors who will be in attendance will find the ICI Meeting a valuable forum for exposure to the development and advancement of innovative ideas in cardiology.

The ICI meeting is a tremendous opportunity to review the most innovative startups in the field of medical devices and meet in person at the B2B area. This event can be your chance to look into the latest most prominent investments opportunity. 


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MedTech & Medical Devices for Cardiovascular Repair – Curations by Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Cardiovascular Medical Devices:

Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgical Procedures and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) / Coronary Angioplasty


Lev-Ari, A. 1/26/2014. Transcatheter Valve Competition in the United States: Medtronic CoreValve infringes on Edwards Lifesciences Corp. Transcatheter Device Patents


Lev-Ari, A. 1/26/2014. Developments on the Frontier of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Devices


Larry H. Bernstein and
Aviva Lev-Ari 6/23/2013 Survivals Comparison of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) / Coronary Angioplasty


Larry H Bernstein and Lev-Ari, A. 6/23/2013 First case in the US: Valve-in-Valve (Aortic and Mitral) Replacements with Transapical Transcatheter Implants – The Use of Transfemoral Devices.

Larry H Bernstein and  Lev-Ari, A. 6/17/2013 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): Postdilatation to Reduce Paravalvular Regurgitation During TAVR with a Balloon-expandable Valve

Larry H Bernstein and Lev-Ari, A. 6/17/2013 Trans-apical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Patient with Severe and Complex Left Main Coronary Artery Disease (LMCAD)

Larry H Bernstein and Lev-Ari, A. 6/18/2013 Ventricular Assist Device (VAD): A Recommended Approach to the Treatment of Intractable Cardiogenic Shock

Larry H Bernstein and Lev-Ari, A.6/20/2013 Phrenic Nerve Stimulation in Patients with Cheyne-Stokes Respiration and Congestive Heart Failure

Lev-Ari, A. 2/12/2013 Clinical Trials on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to be conducted by American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Lev-Ari, A. 12/31/2012 Renal Sympathetic Denervation: Updates on the State of Medicine

Lev-Ari, A. 9/2/2012 Imbalance of Autonomic Tone: The Promise of Intravascular Stimulation of Autonomics

Lev-Ari, A. 8/13/2012 Coronary Artery Disease – Medical Devices Solutions: From First-In-Man Stent Implantation, via Medical Ethical Dilemmas to Drug Eluting Stents

Lev-Ari, A. 7/18/2012 Percutaneous Endocardial Ablation of Scar-Related Ventricular Tachycardia

Lev-Ari, A. 6/13/2012 Treatment of Refractory Hypertension via Percutaneous Renal Denervation

Lev-Ari, A. 6/22/2012 Competition in the Ecosystem of Medical Devices in Cardiac and Vascular Repair: Heart Valves, Stents, Catheterization Tools and Kits for Open Heart and Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Lev-Ari, A. 6/19/2012 Executive Compensation and Comparator Group Definition in the Cardiac and Vascular Medical Devices Sector: A Bright Future for Edwards Lifesciences Corporation in the Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement Market

Lev-Ari, A. 6/22/2012 Global Supplier Strategy for Market Penetration & Partnership Options (Niche Suppliers vs. National Leaders) in the Massachusetts Cardiology & Vascular Surgery Tools and Devices Market for Cardiac Operating Rooms and Angioplasty Suites

Lev-Ari, A. 7/23/2012 Heart Remodeling by Design: Implantable Synchronized Cardiac Assist Device: Abiomed’s Symphony

Lev-Ari, A. (2006b). First-In-Man Stent Implantation Clinical Trials & Medical Ethical Dilemmas. Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115

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Females and Non-Atherosclerotic Plaque: Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection – New Insights from Research and DNA Ongoing Study

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN


Published on Jun 6, 2013

In this Mayo Clinic Grand Rounds video originally presented on November 30, 2012, cardiologists Rajiv Gulati, MD, PhD, and Sharonne Hayes, MD, discuss “Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: New Insights and New Questions About This-Not-So-Rare Condition.”

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Genomics of Carotid-Femoral Pulse Wave Velocity and Excess Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Common Genetic Variation in the 3′-BCL11B Gene Desert

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN


Common Genetic Variation in the 3′-BCL11B Gene Desert Is Associated With Carotid-Femoral Pulse Wave Velocity and Excess Cardiovascular Disease Risk – The AortaGen Consortium

Gary F. Mitchell, MD*Germaine C. Verwoert, MSc*Kirill V. Tarasov, MD, PhD*,Aaron Isaacs, PhD, Albert V. Smith, PhD, Yasmin, BSc, MA, PhD, Ernst R. Rietzschel, MD, PhD, Toshiko Tanaka, PhD, Yongmei Liu, MD, PhD, Afshin Parsa, MD, MPH,Samer S. Najjar, MD, Kevin M. O’Shaughnessy, MA, BM, DPhil, FRCP, Sigurdur Sigurdsson, MSc, Marc L. De Buyzere, MSc, Martin G. Larson, ScD, Mark P.S. Sie, MD, PhD, Jeanette S. Andrews, MS, Wendy S. Post, MD, MS, Francesco U.S. Mattace-Raso, MD, PhD, Carmel M. McEniery, BSc, PhD, Gudny Eiriksdottir, MSc, Patrick Segers, PhD, Ramachandran S. Vasan, MD, Marie Josee E. van Rijn, MD, PhD,Timothy D. Howard, PhD, Patrick F. McArdle, PhD, Abbas Dehghan, MD, PhD,Elizabeth S. Jewell, MS, Stephen J. Newhouse, MSc, PhD, Sofie Bekaert, PhD, Naomi M. Hamburg, MD, Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, Albert Hofman, MD, PhD, Angelo Scuteri, MD, PhD, Dirk De Bacquer, PhD, Mohammad Arfan Ikram, MD, PhD†, Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD†, Christian Fuchsberger, PhD‡, Matthias Olden, PhD‡, Louise V. Wain, PhD§, Paul Elliott, MB, PhD§, Nicholas L. Smith, PhD‖, Janine F. Felix, MD, PhD‖, Jeanette Erdmann, PhD¶, Joseph A. Vita, MD, Kim Sutton-Tyrrell, PhD, Eric J.G. Sijbrands, MD, PhD, Serena Sanna, PhD, Lenore J. Launer, MS, PhD, Tim De Meyer, PhD, Andrew D. Johnson, MD, Anna F.C. Schut, MD, PhD, David M. Herrington, MD, MHS, Fernando Rivadeneira, MD, PhD, Manuela Uda, PhD, Ian B. Wilkinson, MA, BM, FRCP, Thor Aspelund, PhD, Thierry C. Gillebert, MD, PhD, Luc Van Bortel, MD, PhD, Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, MSc, Ben A. Oostra, PhD, Jingzhong Ding, MD, PhD, Quince Gibson, MBA, André G. Uitterlinden, PhD, Gonçalo R. Abecasis, PhD,John R. Cockcroft, BSc, MB, ChB, FRCP, Vilmundur Gudnason, MD, PhD, Guy G. De Backer, MD, PhD, Luigi Ferrucci, MD, Tamara B. Harris, MD, MS, Alan R. Shuldiner, MD, Cornelia M. van Duijn, PhD, Daniel Levy, MD*Edward G. Lakatta, MD* andJacqueline C.M. Witteman, PhD*

Correspondence to Gary F. Mitchell, MD, Cardiovascular Engineering, Inc, 1 Edgewater Dr, Suite 201A, Norwood, MA 02062.

* These authors contributed equally.


Background—Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (CFPWV) is a heritable measure of aortic stiffness that is strongly associated with increased risk for major cardiovascular disease events.

Methods and Results—We conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association data in 9 community-based European ancestry cohorts consisting of 20 634 participants. Results were replicated in 2 additional European ancestry cohorts involving 5306 participants. Based on a preliminary analysis of 6 cohorts, we identified a locus on chromosome 14 in the 3′-BCL11B gene desert that is associated with CFPWV (rs7152623, minor allele frequency=0.42, β=−0.075±0.012 SD/allele,P=2.8×10−10; replication β=−0.086±0.020 SD/allele, P=1.4×10−6). Combined results for rs7152623 from 11 cohorts gave β=−0.076±0.010 SD/allele,P=3.1×10−15. The association persisted when adjusted for mean arterial pressure (β=−0.060±0.009 SD/allele, P=1.0×10−11). Results were consistent in younger (<55 years, 6 cohorts, n=13 914, β=−0.081±0.014 SD/allele, P=2.3×10−9) and older (9 cohorts, n=12 026, β=−0.061±0.014 SD/allele, P=9.4×10−6) participants. In separate meta-analyses, the locus was associated with increased risk for coronary artery disease (hazard ratio=1.05; confidence interval=1.02–1.08; P=0.0013) and heart failure (hazard ratio=1.10, CI=1.03–1.16, P=0.004).

Conclusions—Common genetic variation in a locus in the BCL11B gene desert that is thought to harbor 1 or more gene enhancers is associated with higher CFPWV and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Elucidation of the role this novel locus plays in aortic stiffness may facilitate development of therapeutic interventions that limit aortic stiffening and related cardiovascular disease events.


Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.2012; 5: 81-90

Published online before print November 8, 2011,

doi: 10.1161/ CIRCGENETICS.111.959817



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Genetics of Aortic and Carotid Calcification: The Role of Serum Lipids

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Genetic Loci for Coronary Calcification and Serum Lipids Relate to Aortic and Carotid Calcification

Daniel Bos, MD, M. Arfan Ikram, MD, PhD, Aaron Isaacs, PhD, Benjamin F.J. Verhaaren, MD, Albert Hofman, MD, PhD, Cornelia M. van Duijn, PhD, Jacqueline C.M. Witteman, PhD, Aad van der Lugt, MD, PhD and Meike W. Vernooij, MD, PhD

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Radiology (D.B., M.A.I., B.F.J.V., A.v.d.L., M.W.V), Epidemiology (D.B., M.A.I., A.I., B.F.J.V., A.H., C.M.v.D., J.C.M.W., M.W.V.), and Genetic Epidemiology Unit (A.I., C.M.v.D.), Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Correspondence to Meike W. Vernooij, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Erasmus MC, Gravendijkwal 230, PO Box 2040, 3000CA Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Background—Atherosclerosis in different vessel beds shares lifestyle and environmental risk factors. It is unclear whether this holds for genetic risk factors. Hence, for the current study genetic loci for coronary artery calcification and serum lipid levels, one of the strongest risk factors for atherosclerosis, were used to assess their relation with atherosclerosis in different vessel beds.

Methods and Results—From 1987 persons of the population-based Rotterdam Study, 3 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for coronary artery calcification and 132 SNPs for total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or triglycerides were used. To quantify atherosclerotic calcification as a marker of atherosclerosis, all participants underwent nonenhanced computed tomography of the aortic arch and carotid arteries. Associations between genetic risk scores of the joint effect of the SNPs and of all calcification were investigated. The joint effect of coronary artery calcification–SNPs was associated with larger calcification volumes in all vessel beds (difference in calcification volume per SD increase in genetic risk score: 0.15 [95% confidence interval, 0.11–0.20] in aorta, 0.14 [95% confidence interval, 0.10–0.18] in extracranial carotids, and 0.11 [95% confidence interval, 0.07–0.16] in intracranial carotids). The joint effect of total cholesterol SNPs, low-density lipoprotein SNPs, and of all lipid SNPs together was associated with larger calcification volumes in both the aortic arch and the carotid arteries but attenuated after adjusting for the lipid fraction and lipid-lowering medication.

Conclusions—The genetic basis for aortic arch and carotid artery calcification overlaps with the most important loci of coronary artery calcification. Furthermore, serum lipids share a genetic predisposition with both calcification in the aortic arch and the carotid arteries, providing novel insights into the cause of atherosclerosis.


Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.2013; 6: 47-53

Published online before print December 16, 2012,

doi: 10.1161/ CIRCGENETICS.112.963934


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