Advances in Treating Totally Blocked Coronary Arteries

Interventional procedure gains traction as an option for select individuals with chronic, life-limiting angina.


About 30% of patients with stable coronary artery disease have a totally blocked coronary artery, a condition known as a chronic total occlusion (CTO). CTOs arise from stable, slow-growing plaques that gradually narrow the interior channel of the blood vessel, reducing the volume of blood that can pass through. Over time, these plaques calcify and harden. When blood flow becomes totally blocked, angina can be debilitating.

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