Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is complete blockage of a coronary artery inside and around the heart muscle. When an artery that supplies blood to the heart is completely blocked by plaque, the heart does not receive the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. When the heart does not receive blood and cannot do its job, all other organs in the body are affected.
Michael Megaly, MD, MS, FACC, FSCAI, specializes in treating patients with complex coronary artery disease and 100 percent blockage (chronic total occlusion, or CTO) with less invasive catheter-based interventions. Medical interventions provided by Dr. Megaly successfully relieve chest pain for heart patients whose disease complexity limits their treatment options.
Historically, the only treatment option for CTO was surgery due to the high complexity of the disease. With the advent of new technologies, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is now a treatment option that can restore blood flow for CTO patients. This complex procedure uses advanced techniques to attack the occlusion from both sides, followed by opening the vessel with different balloons and inserting a mesh tube (stent) that holds open the artery.
If you regularly experience the above symptoms or if you are diagnosed with chronic total occlusion, you could have additional treatment options. Ask for a referral from your physician. Dr. Megaly has extensive training and experience in CTO interventions, and he wants to help you get back to the life you love.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.