CTO Plus: Complex CTO & Higher Risk PCI assembles global leaders in the field of interventional cardiology annually in New York. This overview explains the rationale and need for this annual meeting.

Professional Practice Gap

Leading practitioners of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) strive to master the skills required to be able to offer treatment to higher risk patients with complex disease and chronic total occlusions (CTO) of their coronary arteries. To be able to deliver this in daily practice it is critical to be up to date with the most recent advances in procedural strategy, techniques, and evolving technologies. It requires clinicians to develop a strong skill set to be able to manage every clinical and anatomic situation, including calcified lesions, left main and bifurcation disease, hemodynamic instability, and cardiogenic shock.

Educational Need

Sessions at CTO Plus 2023 will emphasize both advanced techniques and evidence-based medicine, with a strong emphasis on live-case demonstration performed by both the world’s leading and early-career operators, transmitted and accompanied by real-time analysis from world-class faculty.

Target Audience

Physicians, health care professionals, researchers, and scientists working in the field of interventional cardiology.

Why Attend CTO Plus 2023?

  • To become informed about the most recent CTO and high-risk PCI data on procedural techniques and clinical outcomes.
  • To discover the latest technical developments and refinements in CTO and high-risk PCI procedural strategies.
  • To watch and learn from world-renowned and early-career operators as they perform complex procedures.
  • To learn how to prevent and manage complications and apply CTO PCI techniques in non-CTO complex cases.
  • To exchange ideas and share experiences with colleagues and key opinion-leaders from around the world.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, attendees should be able to:

  • Determine the appropriateness of PCI as a treatment option for patients with complex and high-risk coronary artery disease.
  • Understand the pathobiologic and clinical considerations associated with successful treatment of high-risk coronary lesions (chronic total occlusion, calcification, left main and bifurcations), and patient subsets (left ventricular systolic dysfunction and cardiogenic shock).
  • Explain how advances in operator technique, guidewire technology, and new devices have improved success rates for chronic total occlusion and complex coronary interventions.
  • Describe advanced guidewire techniques for both antegrade and retrograde CTO crossing and use of adjunctive devices for both CTOs and non-CTO complex PCIs.
  • Understand the importance of coronary physiology and intravascular imaging to guide treatment and optimize procedural and long-term outcomes.
  • Integrate the latest recommendations on how to use novel techniques to optimize procedural success while minimizing complications. 
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