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When a person’s coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it is called a chronic total occlusion. The Chronic Total Occlusions (CTO) Program at Medical Center of the Rockies leads the region with its minimally invasive approach to treating CTOs.

CTOs in the coronary arteries can cause chest pain and discomfort, but traditionally could only be treated with either medications or bypass surgery.

Since February of 2012, the CTO Program at Medical Center of the Rockies has been treating CTOs with a minimally invasive percutaneous interventional approach, meaning our team uses a needle puncture through the skin to access the blocked arteries, rather than using traditional open surgical techniques. This approach gives patients a faster, less painful recovery.

The CTO team is dedicated to treating coronary arteries that are chronically occluded using a hybrid of techniques, combining approaches from different parts of the world. Our team routinely treats patients who can’t be treated with standard interventional techniques.

The CTO program at Medical Center of the Rockies is part of the Hybrid Registry which includes 13 of the finest interventional cardiology programs (such as Harvard, Mayo Clinic, and Columbia) in the United States and also participates in the Asahi-Intecc CTO study with several top interventional centers.

By using the latest technology and approaches the CTO team can improve quality of life and relieve chest pain for patients in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.