Long-Term Clinical Outcomes after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Chronic Total Occlusions
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- Golemati, S., Sanidas, E.A. & Dangas, G.D. Curr Cardiol Rep (2014) 16: 450. doi:10.1007/s11886-013-0450-7
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Optimal treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) remains one of the major challenges in interventional cardiology. A number of factors, including both patient clinical conditions and technical procedural considerations, have been identified to affect percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) success and long-term outcomes, in large multicenter cohorts as well as smaller patient groups. As opposed to patient-centered factors, technical factors can be managed and as a result, a lot of research aims at improving stent technology and imaging guidance, toward enhancing PCI efficiency, in regards to patient safety.