Coronary chronic total occlusion

C. Godino, M. Carlino, R. Al-Lamee, A. Colombo

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Percutaneous coronary Intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusions (CTO) remains a major challenge In Interventional cardiology. Successful recanalization of a CTO can alleviate angina, reduce the need for coronary artery bypass surgery and increase long-term survival. Improving results from the historically quoted success rates of 50% to the levels now routinely quoted by some operators (80-90%), requires not just skill and experience, but also a thorough understanding of the wide array of materials and techniques now available in this area. The decision to attempt PCI of a CTO (versus continued medical therapy or surgical revascularization) requires an individualized risk/benefit analysis, encompassing clinical, imaging and technical considerations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-60
Number of pages20
JournalMinerva Cardioangiologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • Coronary disease
  • Coronary occlusion, surgery
  • Stents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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