Chronic Total Occlusion, An issue of Interventional Cardiology Clinics
William Lombardi, MD, PeaceHealth, Bellingham, WA
Chronic total occlusion is the complete blockage of a coronary artery. Opening up such blocked passageways is one of the most difficult challenges for coronary interventionists. The procedures take longer than most interventional procedures and frequently have complications. Articles in this issue review the state of the art in percutaneous treatment of chronic total occlusion.