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 environment.

We look forward to welcoming you

With best regards

Alfredo R. Galassi and George Sianos