Most patients with chronic total occlusion symptoms traditionally require a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery to clear the blockage. However, interventional cardiologists using advanced technologies and innovative, less-invasive techniques, improve the outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), making it a viable option for some heart patients experiencing symptoms related to their CTO.
Interventional cardiologists are now able to steer special guide wires and catheters across the blockages gently.
Percutaneous coronary intervention of chronic total occlusion may result in:
- Improved symptoms
- Improved left ventricular function
- Overall survival improvement