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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 interventional cardiologists at Missouri Baptist Medical Center 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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