Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for chronic total occlusions (CTOs). This includes both coronary and peripheral CTOs. CTOs are complete occlusions of arteries due to atherosclerosis plaque build up along the wall of the artery. CTOs have traditionally been treated with bypass surgery, but with the advent of better catheter and imaging technologies, minimally invasive interventional catheter-based techniques are now often used to reopen the blocked artery to avoid surgery, or if the patient is too sick for surgery. Here are some key pieces of CTO content in this channel:

How to Tackle Coronary CTOs

VIDEO: New Technology to Treat Chronic Total Occlusions (CTOs), an interview with Farouc Jaffer, M.D., Ph.D.

When to Consider Revascularization of Coronary Chronic Total Occlusions

VIDEO: Treating Chronic Total Occlusions, an interview with Bill Lombardi, M.D.

VIDEO: The Evolution of Complex PCI at University of Colorado  — Interview with John Messenger, M.D., and Kevin Rogers, M.D.

VIDEO: How to Treat CTOs and Complex PCI Cases — Interview with Khaldoon Alaswad, M.D.

The Medtronic Endeavor drug-eluting stent was used in the PERSPECTIVE trial to test its durability in chronic total occlusions (CTOs). #SCAI, #SCAI2018

The Medtronic Endeavor drug-eluting stent was used in the PERSPECTIVE trial to test its durability in chronic total occlusions (CTOs).

News | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | May 14, 2018
May 14, 2018 – One-year outcomes of patients undergoing chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary...
PROGRESS-CTO flow chart for the hybrid algorithm. #SCAI, #SCAI2018
News | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | May 14, 2018
May 14, 2018 — A significant update to the PROGRESS-CTO (PROspective Global Registry for the Study of Chronic Total...
An example of Siemens' syngo CTO navigation technology that fuses computed tomogragraphy (CT) imaging with live angiography to help navigate vessel segments that are occluded and not visible on angiography alone.

An example of Siemens' syngo CTO navigation technology that fuses computed tomogragraphy (CT) imaging with live angiography to help navigate chronic total occlusion vessel segments that are occluded and not visible on angiography alone. 

Feature | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | February 20, 2018 | Dave Fornell
One of the recent hot topics in interventional cardiology has been how operators can use new tools and techniques to...
LimFlow Completes U.S. Feasibility Study Enrollment, Receives FDA Device Status
News | Cardiovascular Clinical Studies | February 01, 2018
February 1, 2018 –  LimFlow SA, developer of minimally-invasive technology for the treatment of end-stage critical limb...
A live Corevalve TAVR case in the main arena at TCT 2017. Structural heart has moved from a science fiction discussion in future technology sessions at TCT a decade ago to now being a major portion of what the conference discusses for today's clinical practice.

A live CoreValve TAVR case in the main arena at TCT 2017. Structural heart has moved from a science fiction discussion in future technology sessions at TCT a decade ago to now being a major portion of what the conference discusses for today's clinical practice.

Blog | TCT | January 18, 2018
Here is a list of what I think were some of the top interventional technologies discussed at the 2017 Transcatheter...
Study Examines Use of CrossBoss Catheter for Chronic Total Occlusion PCI
News | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | November 02, 2017
November 2, 2017 — Crossing the occlusion with a guidewire is often the most challenging part of chronic total...
Videos | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | October 09, 2017
Bill Lombardi, M.D., director of complex coronary artery interventions at the University of Washington, discusses the...
Videos | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | September 28, 2017
Farouc Jaffer, M.D., Ph.D., director of coronary interventions at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the newest...
TCT 2017 late-breaking trials and studies that will be presented on the latest cardiology technology clinical trials.
Feature | TCT | November 09, 2017
November 9, 2017 — From numerous high-quality submissions, Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) has selected...
The LimFlow Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization System (pDVA) converts veins into arteries to restore blood flow in critical limb ischemia (CLI).

The LimFlow Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization System (pDVA) converts veins into arteries to restore blood flow in critical limb ischemia (CLI). This image shows how the covered stents used with the system connect to create a new arterial pathway.

News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) | August 02, 2017
Aug. 1, 2017 — LimFlow SA announced publication of positive results from the pilot study of the LimFlow Percutaneous...
Philips Announces Relaunch of Pioneer Plus IVUS-Guided Catheter
News | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | June 28, 2017
June 28, 2017 — Royal Philips recently announced the relaunch of its Pioneer Plus catheter, the first and only re-entry...
PCI, drugs, medication, fully blocked arteries, chronic total occlusion, ACC.17, clinical study
News | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | March 29, 2017 | Dave Fornell
March 29, 2017 — In patients with a complete, persistent arterial blockage, medication alone was found to be equal to...
Siemens Healthineers, ACC 2017, syngot CTO Guidance, Compressed Sensing Cardiac Cine
News | Cardiac Imaging | March 16, 2017
March 16, 2017 — During the 66th Annual Scientific Session & Expo of the American College of Cardiology (ACC),...
Vascular Solutions, Teleflex
Feature | December 07, 2016
December 7, 2016 — Teleflex Inc. and Vascular Solutions Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a...
Siemens Healthineers, PURE Platform, angiography, EVAR, CTO, RSNA 2016
News | Angiography | December 07, 2016
December 7, 2016 — At the 102nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (...