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SOURCE Society for Vascular Surgery

Society for Vascular Surgery Hosts 2014 Meeting, June 4-7 in Boston

BOSTON, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 84 million Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease. Every day, 2,200 of them die from it, averaging one death from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds.

Against this somber backdrop, more than 1,500 vascular surgeons, physicians and health professionals will convene next month for the 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting, taking place June 4-7 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Presented by the Society for Vascular Surgery, the annual gathering of vascular specialists will celebrate cutting-edge advances in the treatment of life-threatening vascular conditions affecting the arteries and veins that carry blood to and from the heart, such as abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral artery disease. Complications from these and other diseases can cause chronic pain, stroke, internal bleeding and limb loss, resulting in disability and even death.

"This year's meeting in Boston is our opportunity to raise awareness around vascular heath and promote the incredible progress our specialty has made in the treatment of vascular disease," said SVS President Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag.

Before the meeting, the society has issued press releases about some the newest research and hottest topics at the meeting, including:

Surgery, statins or stents-which is best in preventing strokes? We talk to two leading experts, both of whom will be speaking at the meeting, about the three questions a patient should ask if they are diagnosed with carotid disease.

Visit http://vsweb.org/Carotid to view the press release.

Is there a surgical training gap? The rise of minimally invasive procedures, stricter work hour-limits and healthier patients could mean that tomorrow's surgeons are undertrained and thus unprepared for surgery.

Visit http://vsweb.org/TrainingGap to view the press release.

Why do vascular patients fare worse at safety-net hospitals? Boston vascular surgeon and researcher Dr. Mohammad H. Eslami analyzed more than 300,000 patients and found that those treated at safety-net hospitals died more often, stayed in the hospital longer, and cost more to treat than patients treated at non-safety-net hospitals. The problem, Dr. Eslami concludes, isn't quality of care at the hospitals but access to care outside them.

Visit http://vsweb.org/SNPH to view the press release.

For more information about the 2014 Vascular Annual Meeting, please visit the event's official website, www.VascularAnnualMeeting.org.

ABOUT THE SOCIETY FOR VASCULAR SURGERY

The Society for Vascular Surgery is a professional medical society dedicated to improving vascular health. The society is an advocate for vascular surgeons and the patients they care for. It counts more than 4,600 medical professionals as members, including surgeons, physicians and nurses. For more information about vascular health and the society, please visit the society's website, www.vascularweb.org.

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