Preprocedural coronary CT angiography significantly improves success rates of PCI for chronic total occlusion

@article{Rolf2013PreproceduralCC,
  title={Preprocedural coronary CT angiography significantly improves success rates of PCI for chronic total occlusion},
  author={Andreas Rolf and Gerald S. Werner and Annika Schuhbaeck and Johannes Rixe and Helge Moellmann and Holger M. Nef and Constantin Gundermann and Christoph Liebetrau and Gabriele A. Krombach and C. W. Hamm and Stephan Achenbach},
  journal={The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging},
  year={2013},
  volume={29},
  pages={1819-1827}
}
Chronic total occlusions of coronary arteries occur in about 20 % of patients with suspected coronary artery disease and are more frequent with increasing age. The success rate of interventions is lower (55–80 %) compared to conventional lesions (>90 %). Coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) provides information about the occluded segment, which cannot be obtained from invasive angiograms (XA). We therefore hypothesized that preprocedural coronary CTA may improve success rates of percutaneous… CONTINUE READING
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