Contemporary overview and clinical perspectives of chronic total occlusions

  title={Contemporary overview and clinical perspectives of chronic total occlusions},
  author={Loes P. C. Hoebers and Bimmer E P M Claessen and George D Dangas and Truls Are R{\aa}munddal and Roxana Mehran and Jos{\'e} P. S. Henriques},
  journal={Nature Reviews Cardiology},
Chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are often detected on diagnostic coronary angiograms, but percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for CTO is currently infrequently performed owing to high technical difficulty, perceived risk of complications, and a lack of randomized data. However, successful CTO–PCI can significantly increase a patient's quality of life, improve left ventricular function, reduce the need for subsequent CABG surgery, and possibly improve long-term survival. A number of factors… CONTINUE READING
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