Chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalization in addition to angina relief, may provide
additional benefits, including avoidance of bypass surgery and enhanced 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 1st European Live Summit on retrograde CTO revascularization
we decided to renew this appointment with the aim to focus on the progress of retrograde
strategies faced during last year.
As for previous year 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 and strategies.
This Summit represents a unique opportunity for meeting experts, allowing open discussions
on hot issues, challenging treatments and new therapeutic answers in a friendly
We look forward to welcoming you
With best regards
Alfredo R. Galassi and George Sianos