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- Received April 21, 2014
- Revision received December 15, 2014
- Accepted December 15, 2014
- Published online March 10, 2015.
- Manesh R. Patel, MD∗∗ (, )
- Michael S. Conte, MD†,
- Donald E. Cutlip, MD‡,§,
- Nabil Dib, MD‖,
- Patrick Geraghty, MD¶,
- William Gray, MD#∗∗,
- William R. Hiatt, MD††,
- Mami Ho, MD, PhD‡‡,
- Koji Ikeda, PhD§§,
- Fumiaki Ikeno, MD‖‖,
- Michael R. Jaff, DO¶¶,
- W. Schuyler Jones, MD∗,
- Masayuki Kawahara, MD‡‡,
- Robert A. Lookstein, MD##,
- Roxana Mehran, MD#,##,
- Sanjay Misra, MD∗∗∗,
- Lars Norgren, MD†††,
- Jeffrey W. Olin, MD##,
- Thomas J. Povsic, MD, PhD∗,
- Kenneth Rosenfield, MD‡‡‡,
- John Rundback, MD§§§,
- Fadi Shamoun, MD‖‖‖,
- James Tcheng, MD∗,
- Thomas T. Tsai, MD¶¶¶,
- Yuka Suzuki, PhD###,
- Pascal Vranckx, MD∗∗∗∗,
- Bret N. Wiechmann, MD††††,
- Christopher J. White, MD‡‡‡‡,
- Hiroyoshi Yokoi, MD§§§§ and
- Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD∗
- ∗Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
- †University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, California
- ‡Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
- §Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
- ‖University of California-San Diego, San Diego, California
- ¶Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, Missouri
- #Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, New York
- ∗∗Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
- ††University of Colorado School of Medicine, and CPC Clinical Research, Aurora, Colorado
- ‡‡Office of Medical Devices I, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, Tokyo, Japan
- §§Tohoku University Hospital, Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan
- ‖‖Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
- ¶¶VasCore, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
- ##Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York
- ∗∗∗Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- †††University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden
- ‡‡‡Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
- §§§Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, New Jersey
- ‖‖‖Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona
- ¶¶¶Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
- ###Office of Medical Devices II, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, Tokyo, Japan
- ∗∗∗∗Cardialysis, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- ††††Vascular and Interventional Physicians, Gainesville, Florida
- ‡‡‡‡Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
- §§§§Kokura Memorial Hospital, Kitakyuku, Japan
- ↵∗Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Manesh R. Patel, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, 2400 Pratt Street, Durham, North Carolina 27710.
The lack of consistent definitions and nomenclature across clinical trials of novel devices, drugs, or biologics poses a significant barrier to accrual of knowledge in and across peripheral artery disease therapies and technologies. Recognizing this problem, the Peripheral Academic Research Consortium, together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, has developed a series of pragmatic consensus definitions for patients being treated for peripheral artery disease affecting the lower extremities. These consensus definitions include the clinical presentation, anatomic depiction, interventional outcomes, surrogate imaging and physiological follow-up, and clinical outcomes of patients with lower-extremity peripheral artery disease. Consistent application of these definitions in clinical trials evaluating novel revascularization technologies should result in more efficient regulatory evaluation and best practice guidelines to inform clinical decisions in patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease.
Lower extremity peripheral artery disease (LE-PAD) is a manifestation of systemic atherosclerotic disease, which affects over 8 million Americans (1) and conveys a significant health burden globally (1–3). Although LE-PAD can be asymptomatic and subclinical, it is associated with a reduction in functional capacity and quality of life when symptomatic, and, in its most severe form, is a major cause of limb amputation (1–3). Patients with LE-PAD are at an increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and death (1–5). Given this substantial health burden, LE-PAD is the focus of a number of evolving medical, endovascular, and surgical therapies aimed at improving the limb manifestations of the disease. This proliferation of revascularization devices and therapies has highlighted the need for studies that elucidate the direct mechanistic effect, the impact on systemic outcomes (including death, MI, and stroke), and the overall safety of both individual and combined therapeutic strategies.
Systematic safety and effectiveness evaluations of the clinical utility of LE-PAD revascularization therapies and devices (4,6) require high-quality clinical trials data, both for regulatory approval and for the development of best practice guidelines to inform clinical decisions in patients with LE-PAD. Currently, 1 of the biggest barriers to accrual of knowledge in and across peripheral artery disease (PAD) therapies and technologies is the lack of consistent definitions and nomenclature between clinical trials. Although validated, standardized definitions exist for coronary artery disease endpoints for clinical trials, significant variation exists in data elements used to describe both patients undergoing treatment for LE-PAD and the outcomes for evaluation of treatments. Professional societies, academic research organizations, regulatory agencies, and representatives of the pharmaceutical and device industry have recognized both the lack of and the need for consistent consensus definitions for clinical descriptors, anatomy, surrogate measures, and clinical outcomes as new therapies move into clinical practice. Although these groups have previously proposed standardized definitions in specific PAD populations (7–9), these efforts are recent and await broad application to support existing clinical trials or ongoing registries in LE-PAD patients. Unique needs remain for regulatory evaluation and pivotal trials that can support critical trial processes, such as independent event adjudication, core laboratory analysis, and safety monitoring. The value of consensus definitions across stakeholders for such device evaluation is the basis for the Peripheral Academic Research Consortium (PARC) (10).
In response to the need for public access to consistent definitions for pharmacologic and device trials treating patients with LE-PAD, we initiated the PARC, convening 2 face-to-face meetings on February 2, 2012 and February 1, 2013, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in White Oak, Maryland, along with numerous interim teleconferences and communications. The meetings and processes were modeled after the previous Academic Research Consortium (ARC) meetings in 2006, which aimed to develop standardized definitions for coronary stent clinical trials (11), and subsequent efforts aimed at bleeding (Bleeding Academic Research Consortium [BARC]) (12), and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (Valve Academic Research Consortium [VARC]) (13,14). The express purpose of the PARC effort was to develop pragmatic consensus definitions to be consistently applied in clinical trials of patients with LE-PAD. Unique to PARC was the inclusion of representatives from academia, regulatory bodies (from both Japan and the United States), and industry.
Challenges and Scope of Standardized LE-PAD Definitions
There were many fundamental challenges in creating broadly accepted, pragmatic LE-PAD definitions, establishing in part the basis for the process and the scope of the consensus definitions provided. A central challenge was the scope of topics requiring definitions. Several prior efforts had evaluated segments of the LE-PAD population. The foundational document is the 2012 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Key Data Elements and Definitions of Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease (9), to which the PARC document has integrated several characteristics particular to clinical trials in PAD (15). Other groups involved in nomenclature and data elements that influenced PARC include: the DEFINE group, evaluating definitions in patients undergoing lower-extremity endovascular revascularization (7); a vascular surgical group evaluating objective performance goals and trial design for patients undergoing endovascular treatment for critical limb ischemia (CLI) (8); the proceedings from the Society of Interventional Radiology conference on critical limb ischemia trials and registries; the Inter-Society Consensus for Management of PAD (TASC) (16); and the FDA Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) effort to improve the quality and efficiency of cardiovascular trials. These documents provided the foundation and nomenclature for much of the work done by the PARC group. To best integrate such efforts and construct the most pragmatic and genuine consensus in its approach, the PARC initiative actively involved as many representative groups as possible, and reviewed all available “standard” definitions from previous sources.
Additionally, patients with LE-PAD span a clinical spectrum ranging from asymptomatic patients to those with atypical leg symptoms, typical claudication with variable degrees of limitation, or CLI including both rest pain and tissue loss. Across this clinical spectrum, definitions for patients were required that included the accurate elucidation of symptoms, anatomic characterization of disease, definitions for both clinical and imaging short- and long-term measures, and finally, clinical outcomes. In addition to developing definitions applicable across the wide spectrum of PAD syndromes, the definitions would need to be pertinent to existing and developing therapies and procedures for LE-PAD. A pre-meeting survey of all participants established key priorities for the consortium. On the bases of a survey and in-person think tank meetings, the PARC key priorities for definitions included: 1) clinical syndromes; 2) anatomic considerations; 3) surrogate endpoints including physiologic and imaging measures; 4) symptomatic limb endpoints; and 5) other clinical endpoints.
PARC Composition and Goals
As summarized in the ARC charter, the ARC was founded as an informal collaboration including academic research organizations from the United States and Europe, joined by representatives from the FDA and device manufacturers. The initial ARC work product was the development of pragmatic consensus definitions for coronary stent trials (11). Regulatory authorities, manufacturers, and professional societies have universally endorsed the ARC definition for stent thrombosis. This initial ARC effort concomitantly developed a process that was comprehensive and efficient through the broad inclusion of all relevant stakeholders. The value of pragmatic consensus definitions has subsequently been illustrated by the use of the ARC stent thrombosis definition in more than 100 clinical trials involving more than a dozen drug-eluting stent platforms, providing the basis for the ongoing accrual of knowledge about this rare, but catastrophic, safety concern for drug-eluting stent implants (17–20). The ARC process relied upon a transparent, noncompetitive approach to developing endpoint definitions capable of being applied to a wide variety of trial designs or specific devices. A key principle in ARC efforts is that the development of a consensus, in particular endpoint definitions, is ultimately independent of how such definitions are actually applied in any specific clinical trial. The PARC group was formed in keeping with the ARC process and included: representatives from academic research groups from the United States, Japan, and Europe; representatives from vascular medicine, vascular surgery, interventional radiology, and cardiology; industry representatives; the FDA; and the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency regulatory authorities from Japan (Online Appendix). The goal of the PARC group was to develop standardized definitions for patients with LE-PAD allowing for clinical characterization and evaluation of therapies on the basis of either imaging or clinical outcomes. The approach was to have subgroups of the overall committee review specific endpoints and outcomes as writing groups, with review by the whole group and adoption of final definitions using a consensus process.
Clinical symptoms and syndromes definitions
Traditionally, both the Fontaine and the Rutherford classification systems have been used to capture information regarding lower extremity symptoms and broadly defined functional limitations of patients with LE-PAD (1,3,21,22). The PARC group established baseline symptom definitions benchmarked to the established definitional schemes. Tables 1 and 2⇓ provide the Fontaine and Rutherford limb symptom classifications and the data elements recommended by the PARC group for capture. It should be noted that PARC consensus was to define patients with atypical symptoms related to PAD as “other exertional leg discomfort associated with physical limitations from PAD.” It is assumed that these patients would have symptoms associated with exertion that would be atypical in nature, that is, either present at rest with worsening during exertion or with significant time to symptom resolution. Symptom-limited walking distance and degree of functional limitation should be ascertained and captured in these patients, along with hemodynamic evidence of PAD. The Fontaine and Rutherford classifications were modified to use descriptive, rather than numeric terms to classify the severity of PAD limb symptoms. If validated, this lexicon will clarify ambiguity when reporting baseline characteristics and outcomes regarding the clinical stage or change in stage of the patients evaluated.
The PARC group clearly identified the significant limitations of the current Rutherford classification system in comparing patients with CLI across clinical trials. In part, this was felt to be due to the changing demographics of CLI patients, with increased rates of diabetes and renal disease. The Society for Vascular Surgery has proposed a system for classification of patients with threatened limbs aimed at addressing many of the potential determinants of amputation, including wound extent, the degree of ischemia and/or perfusion, and presence and extent of foot infection (wound ischemia foot infection) (24). This recent approach has not yet been validated, but represents an area we feel should be evaluated in CLI trials and considered in future PARC revisions.
Anatomic (lesion and vessel) definitions
The PARC lesion and vessel definitions are presented in Table 3. The PARC group reviewed both the DEFINE group (7) and CDISC anatomic definitions (25) with regards to lesion and target lesion endovascular and surgical revascularization. The definitions are specific for anatomic and lesion characteristics, in contrast to the TASC anatomic classification, which remains clinically available for guidance about revascularization. In defining a “significant” anatomic lesion in the LE-PAD arterial tree, PARC considered options similar to those evaluated in the coronary circulation, including classification within the 50% to 100% stenosis/occluded group. Given the lack of quantifiable data on the differences in visually estimated stenosis and outcomes and the difference in size of LE-PAD vessels, the group recommended an efficient nomenclature that can be used by clinicians and core laboratories: mild (<50% diameter stenosis), moderate (50% to 69%), severe (70% to 99%), and occluded (100%). This system was consistent with prior coronary assessments used per CDISC data element definitions and LE-PAD proposed imaging surrogate endpoints during follow-up. Another significant modification was the definition of a treated or target lesion. Due to the treatment lengths specific to the LE-PAD vascular bed, and to ensure coverage for both efficacy and safety, the definition of a treated segment was changed to include 10 mm proximal and distal to the lesion. Finally, Table 3 also provides a consensus system for assessing calcification of LE-PAD vessels.
We recommend DEFINE anatomic groupings modified to include aortoiliac, femoropopliteal, and tibialpedal to define anatomic locations of disease. Table 3 presents the segments with their anatomic borders. Several other groups have developed complex lesion and anatomy assessment below the knee and in the pedal arch, including the angiosome concept (27,28). The PARC group recommends continued research and data capture in relevant patients with distal disease to help inform future efforts. Inherent in the PARC lesion and vessel recommendations is the performance of complete pre- and post-revascularization imaging to assess the presence, extent, and location of atherosclerotic disease in the lower extremity. The PARC group recognizes that the current classification captures lesion stenosis, location, and some information about morphology, but does not describe specific lesion patterns or features such as aneurysm or ulceration.
Acute procedural success
To develop a standardized definition for acute procedural success, the working group considered both the timing of evaluation and the application of the definition across a broad range of possible endovascular and surgical procedures. Acute procedural success needed to encompass technical success as well as freedom from major adverse clinical events. It should be noted for all procedure success definitions that the group believes that, although visual estimation is used for clinical care, quantitative coronary angiography would be preferable in clinical trials.
Our consensus definition is:
• Acute technical success for peripheral revascularization is defined as the achievement of a final residual diameter stenosis <30% for stent and <50% for angioplasty or atherectomy by angiography at the end of the procedure (and without flow-limiting arterial dissection or hemodynamically significant translesional pressure gradient <10 mm Hg) for endovascular revascularization or patent vessel or bypass conduit for surgical revascularization (Table 4) (modified from the FDA CDISC definition).
• Acute procedural success for peripheral revascularization is defined as both acute technical success and absence of major adverse events (e.g., death, stroke, MI, acute onset of limb ischemia, index bypass graft or treated segment thrombosis, and/or need for urgent/emergent vascular surgery) within 72 h of the index procedure.
This definition, along with definitions specific to endovascular and surgical procedures, is presented in Table 4. The group defined urgent surgery as generally requiring hospitalization and occurring within 24 h of the index procedure and emergency surgery as needing to be performed without delay. The group retained conventions from the coronary published studies regarding the time point for evaluation of successful revascularization utilizing stent technology compared with balloon or atherectomy technologies. Further research on systemic and limb-related adverse events around revascularization, as well as long-term clinical outcomes, is needed to inform these definitions. The PARC group also felt that special emphasis should be paid to ensuring that both per-protocol and intention-to-treat cohorts were captured and reported in peripheral revascularization trials to ensure that all modes of failure are captured.
The PARC group also defined both clinically driven target vessel revascularization and vessel patency, adapting relevant coronary definitions from CDISC. The definitions are as follows:
• Clinically driven LE-PAD revascularization is defined as target lesion revascularization performed due to target lesion diameter stenosis ≥50% and either evidence of clinical or functional ischemia (e.g., recurrent/progressive life-limiting intermittent claudication, claudication unresponsive to medical therapy, CLI) or recurrence of the clinical syndrome for which the initial procedure was performed. Clinically driven target lesion revascularization occurs in the absence of protocol-directed surveillance ultrasound or angiography.
• Vessel patency includes the absence of clinically driven target lesion revascularization and/or recurrent target lesion diameter stenosis ≥50% by imaging (e.g., invasive angiography or, most commonly, duplex ultrasonography). If patency data are incorporated within the primary endpoint of a clinical trial, the angiographic images or duplex ultrasonographic images should be assessed by appropriate core laboratories and made available to the clinical endpoints committee for review upon request.
Short- and Long-Term Surrogate Endpoints for Procedural Success Using Imaging and Physiological Measures
Many imaging and physiologic surrogate endpoints are used for both long- and short-term efficacy and safety assessment in therapies aimed at patients with LE-PAD. We focused our evaluation and definitions on 3 central elements: timing of evaluation, method of evaluation, and the patient’s clinical presentation as intermittent claudication (or other exertional symptoms typical of PAD) versus CLI. The timing for evaluation was defined as subacute (from in hospital/within 72 h [whichever comes first] to 30 days post-index procedure) to 3, 6, and 12 months. These time frames were chosen to match stages of interventional site healing and device behavior, and are also consistent with clinically meaningful and common time points of contact with PAD patients following interventions. Multiple modalities were included from physiological pressure measurements, to duplex ultrasonography, and to advanced imaging with computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (Table 5).
Clinical Outcomes and Endpoint Definitions
Definitions for clinical outcomes in patients with LE-PAD constitute 1 of the most complex areas for consensus, in part due to the relevance of any endpoint in the setting of such a heterogeneous range of clinical syndromes. The PARC consensus thus dichotomized patient-level endpoints on the basis of general presentation, for example, intermittent claudication/other exertional limb symptoms versus CLI. The endpoints for intermittent claudication are on the basis of functional improvement. Walking time and/or functional definitions and quality-of-life definitions are presented in Table 6. Specifically, the definition of peak walking time on a treadmill is provided, and this measure was felt to integrate all of the factors that might limit an LE-PAD patient’s peak exercise performance. Treadmill testing should use standardized protocols to ensure reproducible results. The PARC consortium did not endorse a specific treadmill protocol. The 6-min walk distance (utilized as a primary outcome in heart failure and pulmonary hypertension studies and validated in the PAD population) is also defined on the basis of the distance walked on an unobstructed course of 50 or 100 feet (15 or 30 m). The 6-min walk test measures the maximal distance walked after 6 min, regardless of whether the patient stops to rest or not; thus, this test can be used to evaluate patients with severe claudication, ischemic rest pain, or limited tissue loss. Like all of the functional measures defined, this endpoint was felt to be clinically meaningful and pragmatically useful, as it both characterizes a patient’s limitation at baseline and the response to treatment.
For patients with CLI, definitions were agreed upon for major and minor lower extremity amputation, wound healing, ischemic pain, and major adverse limb events (Table 6). Major amputation was defined as:
• Any procedure that results in an amputation at the level of the ankle or above;
• Below-knee amputation—amputation affecting the tibia at any point below the knee and above the ankle; or
• Above-knee amputation—amputation above the knee, affecting the femur at any level.
Major adverse limb events were defined as an above-ankle amputation of the index limb or major repeat revascularization of the target limb (new bypass graft, jump/interposition graft revision, repeat endovascular therapy, or thrombectomy/thrombolysis). The PARC major adverse limb event (MALE) definition is a modification of the Society for Vascular Surgery definition to include all repeat open and endovascular interventions in the target limb. After discussion, 30 days was empirically chosen as a reasonable and objective time point to assess the early progress of wound healing. Early wound healing was defined as complete epithelialization of an ischemic wound of the target limb that stayed closed for at least 2 weeks, evaluated at 30 days. Other time points may also be appropriate and would be acceptable to the FDA for a study designed to support a marketing application. Hemodynamic measurements were also provided for guidance in CLI. Taken together, the outcome definitions provided for both IC and CLI patients should provide options and standard methods for evaluating a broad range of both therapies and patients.
Adoption of PARC definitions in clinical research
The PARC consortium recommends consistent application of these consensus definitions in ongoing and future clinical trials and registries to better and more consistently inform evaluations of both new therapies and technologies and to support continued improvement in correlations between interventions, surrogate mechanistic measures, and clinical outcomes. The consistent use of these definitions support both more efficient regulatory approval of new devices and the post-market development of best practice guidelines by professional society consortia. In an effort to support adoption of these definitions, the PARC group will be working with the standards development community to accelerate electronic data capture of these elements in national registries and electronic health records.
The PARC initiative has developed a series of pragmatic consensus definitions that include the clinical presentation, anatomic depiction, interventional outcomes, surrogate imaging and physiological follow-up, and clinical outcomes of patients with LE-PAD. Consistent application of these definitions in clinical trials evaluating novel revascularization technologies will result in more efficient regulatory evaluation and best practice guidelines in this rapidly moving field (Central Illustration). Consistent with the ARC charter, this process and the definitions provided rely heavily on consensus and integration of previously developed professional society definitions, with adoption and adaptation to optimize utility for key clinical trial processes, such as independent adjudication, core laboratories, and safety monitoring. As with all ARC initiatives, the process was transparent, was inclusive of stakeholders, and maintained a collaborative focus on LE-PAD. The central priority was the recognition that application of consistent definitions across clinical trials of novel devices, drugs, or biologics is far more informative for the accrual of knowledge about optimal therapy and clinical outcomes than are attempts to create novel, “perfect,” but varying definitions for every individual study.
Grants were provided from the industry sponsors and representative listed to the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research and the Duke Clinical Research Institute to cover the costs of travel, lodging, and the meeting expenses for academic attendees to the meetings in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Patel has received research grants from Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, AstraZeneca, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Maquet; and has served on the advisory board and/or as a consultant to Bayer Healthcare, Janssen, and Genzyme. Dr. Conte has served as a member of the steering committee for AstraZeneca; and has served as a consultant/advisory board member for Cook Medical and Medtronic. Dr. Dib is the Medical Director of CSI. Dr. Cutlip has received research grants or contracts from Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Abbott Vascular, STENTYS, and Celonova. Dr. Geraghty has served as a consultant and trial principal investigator for Bard/Lutonix; has served as an advisory board member for Bard/Lutonix and Boston Scientific; was on the trial steering committee for Covidien; and has served as a speaker and trial principal investigator for Cook Medical. Dr. Gray has received consultant fees from Cordis, Medtronic, Abbott, Boston Scientific, and WL Gore; and research support from Cordis, Medtronic, Abbott, WL Gore, Mercator, The Medicines Company, and Cardiovascular Systems Incorporated. Dr. Hiatt has received grant support from CPC Clinical Research (a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Colorado), AstraZeneca, Bayer Healthcare, the National Institutes of Health, CSI, DNAVEC, GlaxoSmithKline, Kyushu University, Pluristem, ReNeuron, and Rigel. Dr. Jaff was a noncompensated advisor to Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific, Cordis Corporation, Covidien Vascular, and Medtronic Vascular; has served as a board member for VIVA Physicians, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit education and research organization; and has equity investment in Embolitech, Hotspur, Icon Interventional, PQ Bypass, and Vascular Therapies. Dr. Jones has received research grants from the American Heart Association, AstraZeneca, Boston Scientific, and Bristol-Myers Squibb; and has served as an advisory board member for AstraZeneca. Dr. Lookstein has served as a consultant to Boston Scientific, Bayer Healthcare, and Cordis Corporation. Dr. Mehran has received institutional research grant support from The Medicines Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi, Lilly/Daiichi Sankyo, Regado Biosciences, and STENTYS; has served as a consultant to Abbott Vascular, AstraZeneca, Boston Scientific, Covidien, CSL Behring, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Maya Medical, and Merck; has served on the advisory board of Covidien, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Sanofi, and Endothelix, Inc.; and has equity/is a shareholder in Endothelix, Inc. Dr. Misra was the Chair for the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for the FLEXSTENT study sponsored by CORDIS (modest grant); and received research grants from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Norgren was a steering committee member/consultant for Otsuka Pharma, AnGes, AstraZeneca, and Novartis. Dr. Olin was on the member steering committee clinical trial on placental stem cells for claudication and medical advisory board for PAD related studies for Pluristem; was on the international steering committee for EUCLID trial and was the site investigator for EUCLID trial for AztraZeneca; was on the steering committee TRA2P trial for Vorapaxar and the medical advisory board for Vorapaxor clinical trials for PAD for Merck; and was on the medical advisory and safety board for Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors and Cardiovascular Risk for Novartis. Dr. Rundback has served on the clinical events committee for Biotronik and St. Jude; has served as a principal investigator for Covidien and Symbionix; has served as a course director for CSI; and has served as a consultant for Covidien, CSI, Sil Vascular, and Intact Vascular. Dr. Povsic was supported by research grants and received advisory fees from Baxter Healthcare; and has served on the data safety monitoring board of Pluristem, Inc. Dr. Tcheng has served on the advisory board of Philips Medical Systems and Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.; and has received research grants from the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. White has served on the research/advisory board of St. Jude and Neovasc; and has served as the steering committee chair for NCDR CathPVI, as the executive committee co-chair for the BEST trial, and as a member of the steering committee for EUCLID (AstraZeneca). Dr. Wiechmann has served on the advisory boards of Boston Scientific and Bard Peripheral Vascular; has received research funding from The Medicines Company; has served as a consultant to Cordis Corporation, Terumo Medical, and Bard Peripheral Vascular; has received clinical trial support from Cordis Corporation, and Bard Peripheral Vascular; and has an equity interest in PQ Bypass. Dr. Krucoff has received modest consulting fees from Medtronic, CSI, Covidien, Abbott Vascular, and Boston Scientific; and has received significant grant funding from Medtronic, CSI, and Abbott Vascular. All other authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose. Dr. Michael H. Criqui, MD, MPH, has served as Guest Editor for this paper.
- Abbreviations and Acronyms
- critical limb ischemia
- lower extremity peripheral artery disease
- myocardial infarction
- peripheral artery disease
- Received April 21, 2014.
- Revision received December 15, 2014.
- Accepted December 15, 2014.
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