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The Evidence Base for Revascularisation of Chronic Total Occlusions.
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PMID:  24694105     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
When patients with ischaemic heart disease are considered for revascularisation the Heart Team's aim is to choose a therapy that will provide complete relief of ischaemia for an acceptable procedural risk. Complete functional revascularisation of ischaemic myocardium is thus the goal and for this reason the presence of a chronic total occlusion (CTO) -which remain the most technically challenging lesions to revascularise percutaneously -is the most common reason for selecting coronary artery bypass surgery [1]. From the behaviour of Heart Teams it is clear that physicians believe that CTOs are important. Yet when faced with patients with CTOs for whom surgery appears excessive (e.g. nonproximal LAD) or too high risk, there remains a reluctance to undertake CTO PCI, despite significant recent advances in procedural success and safety and a considerable body of evidence supporting a survival benefit following successful CTO PCI. This article reviews the relationship between CTOs, symptoms of angina, ischaemia and left ventricular dysfunction and further explores the evidence relating their treatment to improved quality of life and prognosis in patients with these features.
Alan Bagnall; Ioakim Spyridopoulos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-3-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current cardiology reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1875-6557     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Cardiol Rev     Publication Date:  2014 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101261935     Medline TA:  Curr Cardiol Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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