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Field Testing of Medicare Episode-Based Cost Measures

CMS is currently field testing a number of episode-based cost measures that could be used to determine Medicare physician payment adjustments (both penalties and bonuses) under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program.    During the field test, clinicians who ... More »


Significant morbidity and mortality associated with peri-operative stroke even in the era of mechanical thrombectomy

Perioperative strokes (POS) are rare but serious complications and usually cannot be treated with IV thrombolysis depending on the surgical site and of the delay from surgery.  A recent  study  aims to investigate the safety and effectiveness of mechanical thrombectomy in this group of patients. The investigators conducted ... More »


NEW Joint Cerebrovascular Section Traveling fellowship for mid-career cerebrovascular/endovascular specialists

JCVS Traveling fellowship Introducing the NEW Joint CV Section Neurovascular Traveling Fellowship for the 2018-2019 Year   The fellowship grant is a funded travel experience designed to allow mid-career trained cerebrovascular/endovascular specialists match with a host institution for 5 days to gain targeted experience in ... More »


2017 Dempsey Awardees announced

The CV section would like to congratulate the 2017 Dempsey Awardees:   Sean Polster, MD from the University of Chicago with his project, “Epithelial Barrier Dysfunction in CCM Disease.”   Tristan Stani, MD from Oregon Health and Science University Center ... More »


Robert Starke, MD from the University of Miami wins L. Nelson "Nick" Hopkins NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award

Robert Starke, MD from the University of Miami wins L. Nelson "Nick" Hopkins NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award. Project: The Role of Endothelial Cell Dysfunction & Differentiation in Aneurysms Progression & Healing https://www.nref.org/en/Research-Grants-and-Young-Clinician-Investigators/ More »


Contact aspiration versus stent retriever for mechanical thrombectomy: ASTER trial

The Contact Aspiration vs Stent Retriever for Successful Revascularization ( ASTER ) trial was a randomized, open-label, blinded endpoint multicenter study conducted in comprehensive stroke centers across France from October 2015 to October 2016. Patients who presented with acute ischemic stroke and a large vessel ... More »


Head positioning in acute stroke

What is the ideal head position in the setting of an acute stroke? Does lying flat increase cerebral perfusion and improve clinical outcome? A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine assigned over 11,000 patients with an acute stroke, ... More »


Nonprocedural Symptomatic Infarction and In-Stent Restenosis After Intracranial Angioplasty and Stenting in the SAMMPRIS Trial

SAMMPRIS trial showed  30-day rate of stroke or death was higher in the PTAS group and than in the medical-management group.  In a  follow-up study , in vestigators studied th e  f requency of symptomatic in-stent restenosis (ISR) and its contribution to nonprocedural symptomatic infarction. More »


Recent national database for hospital-reported outcome study shows decreased mortality for patients undergoing endovascular care for acute ischemic stroke in high-volume centers

The study included 118 institutions and 8533 patients (endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke) and was published in the journal Stroke recently. Both mortality and mortality index, the ratio of observed to expected mortality based on the comorbidity and demographic profile, were assessed. ... More »


Higher risk of symptomatic ICH after thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke in Asian population

A recently published study from a large stroke database in China found that risk of symptomatic ICH in Asian population was higher than previous RCTs, which predominantly enrolled Caucasians.  The investigators utilized data from Endovascular Treatment for Acute Anterior Circulation Ischemic Stroke Registry (ACTUAL), a multicenter registry program in China, to study the predictors for symptomatic ICH.   More »


Distance from lesion-to-eloquence in brain arteriovenous malformation resection

Eloquence is one of the most critical features surrounding the natural history and management of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). In a  study published ahead-of-print this week in the Journal of Neurosurgery, 201 consecutive patients with brain AVMs that underwent preoperative functional MRI and diffusion-tensor imaging followed by ... More »


Vessel Wall Enhancement and Blood–Cerebrospinal Fluid Barrier Disruption After Mechanical Thrombectomy

In this recently published study, the investigators performed gadolinium-enhanced MRI to identify the rate of vessel wall permeability impairment and blood-CSF barrier (BCSFB) disruption. More »


The natural history of untreated, ruptured cerebral aneurysms

Data on ruptured cerebral aneurysms left unsecured are from the 1960s. This month in the journal Stroke, a group of researchers from Helsinki in Finland published their findings in a more recent cohort. The authors identified 510 patients ... More »


Coronary artery disease and diabetes associated with higher annual growth rate of brain aneurysms

In  this study  recently presented at the International Stroke Conference, investigators followed a large cohort of patients with known intracranial aneurysms and analyzed demographic and clinical factors that are associated with aneurysm growth.     Not surprisingly, the study found that mean initial size ... More »


Woven EndoBridge (WEB) technique for cerebral aneurysms

The Woven EndoBridge (WEB) technique represents an intrasaccular device designed to obliterate cerebral aneurysms and was first introduced approximately 4 years ago. Currently there are 3 versions including a double and single layer cube and a single ... More »


Calcification of the intracranial internal carotid artery affects recanalization and functional outcome after thrombectomy

In 2015, 5 large randomized clinical trials demonstrated that mechanical thrombectomy substantially improves functional outcome of patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke. The positive results of the trials were largely attributed to screening for large vessel occlusion and high recanalization ... More »



Call to action to support initiatives to designate September 2014 "National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month"

Call for action by all members to support the initiatives by US representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Richard Neal (D-MA) have introduced a resolution ( H. Res. 522 ) that would designate September 2014 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.”  A similar resolution ( ... More »

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