Vascular diseases are the number 1 cause of death globally.

 


18.6 Million deaths due to CVD in 2019 & 50% increase from 1990.

Disease prevalence is expected to increase as a result of the aging population.

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In the US alone, cost of CVD between 2016 - 2017 was

364,4 Billion $

216 Billion $ direct cost &

147,4 Billion $

in lost productivity/mortality

Current methods for stratifying Vascular Diseases are flawed.

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Tradition risk assessment does not consider vessel health & function.

Biomarkers, arterial stiffness, and calcification are all non-specific and serve only as indicators of vascular risk.

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Radiation exposure

Exposure to ionizing radiation is a risk not only to patients. Staff working in the Cath lab are exposed to significant levels during live fluoroscopy.

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Kidney Failure

Iodinated contrast agents are potentially allergenic, and carry a significant risk of nephrotoxicity in patients with co-morbidities.

" I'm often called to the Cath lab to stabilize a patient in renal decline, then I have to send them to rescue dialysis to clear out the (contrast) dye" - An emergency physician from California.

In patients who are at risk for kidney failure and who already have borderline kidney function, administering donated contrast material used in CT & CTA, could potentially further damage kidney function.