Coronary Artery Chronic Total Occlusion

Coronary artery disease is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries as a built-up fatty despots and plaque. This restricts blood flow to the heart. A heavy build-up that lasts for 30 or more days is coronary artery chronic total occlusion, or CTO. 

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Chronic Total Occlusion 

  • Angina or chest pain 
  • Pain in the upper body and arms, potentially concentrated on the left side 
  • Jaw pain 
  • Indigestion or choking feeling 
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness or light-headedness 
  • Cold sweat 
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat 
  • Unusual fatigue 

Diagnosing Coronary Artery Chronic Total Occlusion 

Your physician may use one or many of the following options to diagnose CTO.  

  • Physical exam 
  • X-rays 
  • EKG 
  • Stress Test 
  • CT Scan or MRI 
  • Coronary Angiogram 

Treating Coronary Artery Chronic Total Occlusion 

The treatment options at the Missouri Baptist Heart Center continue to advance, and our patients have access to the latest technologies and treatment options. 

For patients whose CTO cannot be treated with traditional coronary stenting or open heart surgery, we recommend a CTO intervention. 

The MoBap interventional cardiologists annually perform more than 900 complex coronary procedures, and our outcomes exceed national benchmarks. After the CTO procedure, our patients are home and back to their normal routines in days. Interventional cardiologists are able to clear some blockages through the use of new technology, guiding wires and catheters through a small incision, usually at the top of the leg near the groin, to clear the blockages that prior to now would have been untreatable.

For more information on CTO intervention or to schedule an appointment, call us at 314-996-3627 or contact us online.

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