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Optimal approach to percutaneous intervention for CTO in 2017: a hybrid strategy is now the preferred choice

EuroIntervention 2017;12:e1805-e1807 published online e-edition February 2017. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV12I15A294

1. Cardiology Department, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom; 2. Cardiology Department, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, Scotland, United Kingdom

This issue of EuroIntervention concentrates on percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO). This is a welcome development and reflects increasing interest in this topic.

The manuscript of Watanabe highlights the adverse prognostic implications of a bystander CTO as a non-culprit lesion in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)1. These data support the hypothesis of potential for survival benefit for complete revascularisation for STEMI patients.

Developments within CTO PCI have led to success rates exceeding 90% per lesion in expert hands, without anatomical exclusions to case selection2. The manuscript of Dautov adds to data on the procedural ...

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