Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,
The progress of interventional therapy for chronic total occlusions (CTO) is a success story of both developments in procedural strategies accompanied by rapid progress in medical devices, specifically dedicated wires and microcatheters, but also the success of drug-eluting stents to achieve a long-term patency.
The procedural outcome for CTOs is comparable to non-CTO lesions if performed by trained and experienced operators. Therefore it is the goal of the annual meeting of the European CTO club since its inaugural meeting 11 years ago to provide a forum of education and interactive discussion of these new developments in the treatment of CTO lesions.
We include live case transmissions performed by world renowned operators to illustrate these new techniques and enhance the discussion in an interactive way. This is accompanied by a structured and educative presentation of the steps required to build a CTO program, select the right patients, the right technique and the right strategy.
The case selection aims at an incremental presentation of cases from seemingly low to higher complexity, thus providing contents for the already experienced, but also for those aspiring to become experts in this field of PCI.
Aside from the practical demonstration of techniques we also provide an interactive forum to present cases by the participants in a challenging case contest hosted by the Board of the EuroCTO club.
With Berlin in the center of Europe, we offer you both an attractive location and a geographically ideal site to meet and discuss exciting topics.
We look forward to meeting all of you in Berlin.