Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – Causes and Treatment

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Medtronic’s Endurant
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Brennan Marilla previously served as the vice president of U.S. Sales and director of global marketing Endovascular for Medtronic Cardiovascular. In this role, Brennan Marilla initiated product development and marketed Medtronic’s Endurant stent graft used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an enlargement of the aorta, the artery that runs through the center of the chest and abdomen, supplying the body with blood. An aneurysm can be life-threatening if left untreated. The main causes of this condition are hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and tobacco use.

Medtronic’s Endurant AAA Stent Graft System is a wire-framed fabric tube used to reduce pressure on the aneurysm. This procedure is called endovascular stent grafting and is done by feeding a catheter through the blood vessels in the groin and expanding the graft in the compromised area of the aorta. This procedure is less invasive than the alternative open-abdominal aneurysm surgery and can reduce recovery time.


Prevalence of Autism in the United States


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Autism Speaks
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Brennan Marilla, a former vice president of US sales at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, California, is a passionate philanthropist. Brennan Marilla is particularly supportive of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting awareness about autism spectrum disorder.

Over the last four decades, the prevalence of autism in the United States has increased ten-fold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in 68 American children can be found somewhere along the autism spectrum. Though some of this growth can be attributed to more effective research methods and expanded efforts, the reason for this increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) findings is not fully understood.

Advanced studies have allowed medical professionals to develop a more nuanced view of autism in America. In the United States, a male child is four to five times more likely to have autism, or about one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls. In total, more than 3 million Americans live with ASD, while the annual rate of growth among the ASD population fluctuates between 10 and 17 percent. To learn more, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

Sigma Chi – Lifeline Program

Sigma Chi Lifeline
Sigma Chi Lifeline


Brennan Marilla is a former vice president and general manager of Covidien Vascular Therapies, where he helped grow the company’s revenue and global presence. Outside of work, Brennan Marilla maintains membership in the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Sigma Chi is a brotherhood established in 1855 that focuses on friendship, justice, and learning within the fraternity and in the community at large. The organization and its members offer numerous outreach programs, one of which is the Sigma Chi Lifeline.

Sigma Chi Lifeline provides support and resources to individuals struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. Through the Lifeline, individuals in need can receive immediate counseling to avoid potentially relapsing into drug abuse or committing suicide. They can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741-741.

In addition, Sigma Chi Lifeline provides resources on mental and physical wellness, believing that establishing good wellness habits, such as sleep, exercise, and nutrition, can prevent the onset of mental and physical health issues.

Autism Speaks Offers Popular Team Up! Events

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Autism Speaks
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Brennan Marilla is the former vice president of US Endovascular sales for Medtronic. Outside of his professional life, Brennan Marilla is a frequent traveler, community volunteer, and committed supporter of Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping fund research for people with autism and working to create treatments and a potential cure for autism. A relatively recent charitable organization, Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 and has grown into a globally recognized and significant organization in its 11 years of service. Assisted by volunteers, Autism Speaks holds a variety of events year-round in order to raise the funds needed to reach its goals.

Among the most popular options for volunteers are Autism Speaks’ “Team Up!” events. Team Up! is an athletic event with multiple options for participants, where people can choose from a variety of different athletics to fundraise in. The main options are marathons, cycling, and swimming events, which garner the most attendees, but Autism Speaks also allows volunteers to create their own event or sport, and be as creative as rappelling off a building, cliff climbing, or base jumping. All proceeds directly benefit research related to autism, as well as patient care for those who have been diagnosed. To learn more, visit autismspeaks.org.

Sigma Chi Takes a Journey

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Sigma Chi
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Brennan Marilla is a successful sales and marketing executive. He was former vice president of US sales (endovascular) for Medtronic, where he orchestrated a multitude of successful campaigns and market leading new products. Brennan Marilla completed his degree at North Carolina State University, where he also was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

In place for over 150 years, the Sigma Chi Fraternity maintains a presence on many college campuses. In addition, the organization encourages lifetime commitment from its members and has a multitude of alumni chapters throughout the country. Sigma Chi’s mission statement professes a commitment to learning, justice, and helping the community, and the fraternity administers numerous programs and services dedicated to these values.

The Journey program was developed to help the different chapters improve and address issues within today’s climate and culture, as well as within the fraternity. Program components are regularly updated to keep Journey contemporary and relevant. Some of the recent workshops within Journey include Risk Intervention, Strengthening Brotherhood, Responsibility and Accountability, Hazing Prevention, and others.

25 Years Later: Lesser Known Facts About Pearl Jam’s Ten

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Pearl Jam
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A longtime executive and sales professional, Brennan Marilla has worked for various companies such as Medtronic Cardiovascular and Angiodynamics, Inc. In his most recent role, he served as a vice president and general manager with Covidien Vascular Therapies.

Pearl Jam’s debut record, Ten, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Heralded as one of the seminal works of grunge rock, the album is credited for being one of the primary forces behind the grunge music revolution of the early nineties. That is pop culture lore, but there are some other things about Ten that some may not know.

The record was recorded on a fairly small budget. According to bassist Jeff Ament, the band spent only about $25,000 recording the album, and about triple that in the mixing process, bringing the total to about $100,000 – a paltry sum in the realm of record production. Ament says the band, most of whom had been formed from the remains of Mother Love Bone, were apprehensive about spending too much money making a record – an issue that had plagued MLB before lead singer Andrew Wood died of drug overdose.

Also, Ten wasn’t released on vinyl until 1994. Today it’s fairly standard for albums to get a vinyl release, but in 1991 the compact disc was in its heyday and distributors weren’t keen on investing money for vinyl presses of albums except for the best selling of artists. With expectations for Ten set fairly low, Epic records didn’t even consider a vinyl release. After the album went 13x platinum, however, the record company changed their tune. Still, it wasn’t until three years later that vinyl copies of Ten hit the streets.

The East End – At the Center of London’s Culturally Diverse History

Brennan Marilla is a respected Boston executive who enjoys travel in his free time. During recent trips, Brennan Marilla had the opportunity to take in the sights of Paris and London. The image many tourists have of England’s capital centers on Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. A historic city, London also rewards travelers who explore its distinctive neighborhoods, such as the culturally diverse, traditionally working-class East End.

Originally a village situated just outside London’s Roman walls, the East End was inhabited by waves of French Huguenots, who were seeking to flee religious oppression. By the19th century, Irish and Jewish immigrants formed the neighborhood’s ethnic base, which was supplanted by Bangladeshis in the 20th century.

At the center of the East End is Regent’s Canal, which provided a vital transportation conduit for the distribution of goods in London during the days before the automobile. Famous for its Cockney slang, the East End also has its sinister side. Jack the Ripper went on his murder spree here in 1888, and Alfred Hitchcock began his directorial career here with Gainsborough Studios. The vibrant neighborhood today is known for its boutiques and art galleries and an ethnically diverse makeup.