Coronary occlusion occurs when an artery is either partially or completely obstructed and include symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue that usually resolves with rest. If symptoms remain after resting, that may be indicative of chronic total occlusion of the coronary artery. CTO occurs when the coronary arteries are completely, or almost completely, blocked by fatty deposits, or plaque for at least three months. Minimally invasive procedures available at the AHN Cardiovascular Institute can greatly lower heart attack risk associated with CTO.
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the coronary artery is a severe form of coronary artery disease. An occluded artery occurs when there is complete or partial blockage of a blood vessel. This can reduce or fully stop the flow of oxygen-rich blood to vital organs. Our interventional cardiologists have advanced training in performing coronary interventions, including CTO percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and angioplasty and stenting, to open completely (or almost completely) clogged arteries.
During an angioplasty procedure, your physician:
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If you do not have a referral for a complex coronary intervention, call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to schedule an appointment with a general cardiologist to be evaluated.
If you have a referral for a complex coronary intervention, call (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule your procedure.