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Coronary collaterals, the natural grafts of CTO lesions – good enough to keep most myocardium alive, unable to prevent ischaemia

EuroIntervention 2020;16:441-444. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I6A79

1. Structural Interventional Cardiology, Department of Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy


Interventional cardiologists are often assumed to be obsessed with the technicality of their work, just focused on performing perfect interventions that might be clinically unnecessary. Two studies in this issue of EuroIntervention come from an internationally renowned Dutch group of experts in the most difficult field of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), chronic total occlusion (CTO) revascularisation. Few other groups, including the best operators from Japan, can claim a 95% success rate in the last five years, as obtained in the patients treated in these two studies1,2. Good operators but good doctors as well, they were able to perform a complete ...

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