Effectiveness of recanalization of chronic total occlusions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

@article{Joyal2010EffectivenessOR,
  title={Effectiveness of recanalization of chronic total occlusions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.},
  author={Dominique Joyal and Jonathan Afilalo and St{\'e}phane Rinfret},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={160 1},
  pages={179-87}
}
BACKGROUND Chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalizations remain extremely challenging procedures. With improvements in technology and techniques, success rates for recanalization of CTO continue to improve. However, the clinical benefits of this practice remain unclear. The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of CTO recanalization on clinical outcomes. METHODS We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies comparing CTO recanalization to medical… CONTINUE READING
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