Retrograde Approach for Chronic Total Occlusions: The Importance of Experience and Proctorship - European Medical Journal

Retrograde Approach for Chronic Total Occlusions: The Importance of Experience and Proctorship

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Authors:
Sinisa Stojkovic,1 Milorad Zivkovic,2 Branko Beleslin3
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Citation
EMJ Int Cardiol. ;1[1]:70-74.

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Abstract

Recanalisation of chronic total occlusions has remained suboptimal in the field of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Hopes for a better outcome have been raised since its introduction and evolvement of new techniques, including retrograde approach. Along with conventional antegrade approaches this technique led to a success rate of more than 90% in experienced and chronic total occlusion-dedicated centres. This article focuses on contemporary retrograde approach strategy and the importance of experience and proctorship in PCI of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO).

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