Chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalization in addition to angina and dyspnea relief, may provide
additional benefits, including avoidance of bypass surgery and enhanced quality of life and survival.
To achieve such clinical benefits, the procedure has to be technically successful, and complications
must be avoided.
Retrograde CTO percutaneous coronary intervention was first mastered by Japanese operators,
which opened new perspectives through the use of small collateral branches. The technique has
evolved rapidly, resulting in shortened procedural time and reduced radiation, compared with the
earlier days. Therefore, the knowledge and expertise in the retrograde techniques have become
an essential adjunct for CTO operators to improve procedural success rate.
After the success of the first three meetings, we decided to renew this appointment with the aim
to focus on the progress of retrograde strategies faced during last year.
As for previous years, the Summit is primarily based on live cases, lectures as well as interactive
sessions on recorded cases, during which key opinion-leaders will discuss on different techniques
This Summit represents a unique opportunity for meeting experts, allowing open discussions on
hot issues, challenging treatments and new therapeutic answers in a friendly environment.
We look forward to welcoming you.
With best regards
Alfredo R. Galassi, George Sianos and Thomas F. Lüscher