The July 2021 issue is out and brings the New EJVES 2020 Journal Impact Factor that was finally released by Clarivate Analytics two weeks ago. The EJVES reached a stunning 7.069 – an all-time high again, and almost 33% increase compared with the previous year! The whole editorial board wants to extend its greatest thanks to all our authors and fantastic reviewers without whom we could not even have dreamt of such a success! A big ‘Thank you!’ to all of you.
This month’s leading Editorial, by A.-L. Pouncey et al., deals with one of the central challenges of current vascular care: the disproportionate risk women suffer from various vascular diseases and their management. The authors give important advice on How to Improve Womens Outcomes after AAA Repair in the future (read for free).
The second Editorial, by T. Resch et al., explains How to Optimise Target Vessel Patency after Complex Aortic Repair (read for free). And the third Editorial, by K. Spanos et al., finally unveils How to Manage Intramural Haematoma of the Ascending Aorta (Type A) Selectively, i.e. effectively (read for free).
The first Editor’s choice paper, by Boyle et al., is the latest ICVR-Report and investigates The International Variation in Intact AAA Repair Outcomes. It confirms a common trend towards improved EVAR and OAR outcomes, but also highlights that women and octogenarians do uniformly worse and should be in the focus – as suggested by our leading editorial (read for free).
Comes with an invited commentary by C.G. Vos et al.
The second Editor’s choice paper, by Sidloff et al., demonstrates how closely Infra-Renal Aortic Diameter is Related to Cardiovascular Risk. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening programmes therefore carry important, yet untapped potential for improving cardiovascular risk prevention (read for free).
The last Editor’s choice paper, by Björses et al., is also a Research Letter and shows impressively the Impact of Covid-19 on Vascular Procedures in Sweden in 2020 (read for free).
The July issue features two additional EJVES Open Access papers:
This first EJVES Open Access paper, by Oliveira et al., comes from the Netherlands and investigates Risk Factors, Dynamics, and Clinical Consequences of Aortic Neck Dilatation after Standard Endovascular Aneurysm Repair. Among 460 patients, stent graft oversizing and radial stent force were identified as main drivers of early neck dilatation, but suprarenal struts might be the main cause for excessive dilatation. Thus, there is still a lot to be learnt (read for free).
Comes with two invited commentaries by A.T.O. Nickinson et al. and by J . Blakeslee-Carter et al.
The second EJVES Open Access paper, by Behrendt et al., demonstrates the Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Infection on Survival of Emergency Cardiovascular Patients in Germany. In almost 320 000 observed hospitalisations there was a clear association between SARS-CoV-2 infection and increased mortality after stroke, TIA and ALI, but the exact mechanism remained unclear (read for free).
Comes with an invited commentary by A. Lejay et al.
We hope you will pack this issue for your summer holidays and will not forget to have a drink with it – to celebrate our mutual impact factor success! We see it as a wonderful reflection of all our great interest in evidence-based vascular care, driven by the world’s preferred vascular community – you!
Florian Dick Martin Björck
Editor-in-Chief Senior Editor
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Further ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS of the July 2021 issue include:
«Carotid Endarterectomy Following Intravenous Thrombolysis in the UK» by Johal et al. (link)
® Associated with an increased risk of neck haematoma but not with an increased early stroke risk (9 000 patients evaluated)
AORTA AND MAJOR BRANCHES
«Outcomes of Small Incidental Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in Octogenarian and Nonagenarian Patients in Northern Spain» by Vega de Ceniga et al. (link)
® Small aneurysms (< 55 mm) carry a low rupture risk in patients over 80 years, particularly if they are <40 mm: surveillance only in selected cases (310 patients followed)
Comes with an invited commentary by A.A. Singh et al.
«Retrograde Open Mesenteric Stenting for Acute and Chronic Mesenteric Ischaemia: Results from an Intestinal Stroke Centre» by Sénémaud et al. (link)
® High incidence of stent related complications leading to relevant mortality and morbidity: challenging pathology! (37 cases analysed)
Comes with an invited commentary by G. Menyhei
«Atherectomy Combined with Balloon Angioplasty versus Balloon Angioplasty Alone for de Novo Femoropopliteal Arterial Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of
Randomised Controlled Trials» by Wu et al. (link)
® Atherectomy adds to technical success but not to clinical outcomes (systematic review of 4 RCTs involving 300 patients)
«Pre-operative Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio is Associated With 30 Day Death or Amputation After Revascularisation for Acute Limb Ischaemia» by Coelho et al. (link)
® Association may be present but potential role as predictive biomarker unclear (345 patients analysed)
Comes with an invited commentary by L. Meuli
«Arteriovenous Fistula Surveillance Using Tomographic 3D Ultrasound» by Rogers et al. (link)
® Tomographic 3D ultrasound as accurate as duplex ultrasound but simpler and faster (100 examinations compared)
«Short and Mid Term Outcomes of Cryopreserved Abdominal Aortic Allografts Used as a
Substitute for Infected Prosthetic Grafts in 200 Patients» by Couture et al. (link)
® Relevant early complication rates with many re-operations up to 6 months and continued graft degeneration after that (200 patients observed)
Comes with an invited commentary by A. Lejay et al.
«Pre-clinical in vivo Models of Vascular Graft Coating in the Prevention of Vascular Graft
Infection: A Systematic Review» by Mufty et al. (link)
® Published in vivo models very heterogeneous and with large translational gaps – still a long way to meet clinical needs (94 studies summarised)
«A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis of Risk Prediction Tools Used to Estimate Mortality, Morbidity, and Other Outcomes Following Major Lower Limb Amputation» by Preece et al. (link)
® Functional mobility outcomes can be best predicted whereas prediction of mortality and complications remains challenging (13 tools tested in 61 000 amputees)
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