News | December 10, 2008

The Sixth International Chronic Total Occlusion Summit is Set for Feb. 5-6

December 11, 2008 - The Sixth International Chronic Total Occlusion Summit will be held Feb. 5-6 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Chronic total occlusions (CTOs) of coronary arteries represent one of the greatest challenges to interventional cardiologists. Successful revascularization of CTOs has been strongly associated with improved left ventricular function, freedom from angina and future revascularization, and in several studies increased survival. Through new guide wires, novel devices, appropriate patient selection, and improved operator technique, the success rate for recanalization of complex CTOs is increasing. The novel retrograde approach to CTOs has been introduced as an alternative route for recanalization of otherwise difficult or impossible lesions.

This year's CTO summit will include presentations from experts in the field, case review sessions, and numerous thematically organized live coronary CTO cases broadcast in high definition (HD) from Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, CA, and Columbia Medical University in New York, NY. Techniques, tips, and tricks that are essential for the interventional cardiologist to decide when intervention of CTOs is warranted and to optimize procedural success will be summarized.

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