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Center for Chronic Total Occlusion CTO & Complex Percutaneous Coronary Interventions PCI

  • Minneapolis Heart Institute® Center for Chronic Total Occlusion & Complex Percutaneous Coronary Interventions at Abbott Northwestern Hospital evaluates and treats patients using advanced percutaneous treatment techniques. A team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, nurse practitioners and other care providers will assess your coronary anatomy and recommend a care plan.

    The Center offers advanced treatments for CTO and complex PCI, including:

    • Highly experienced, world-class operators
    • Access to advanced equipment and techniques
    • Advanced hemodynamic support options to support high-risk PCI
    • Brachytherapy

    The Center for CTO and complex PCI participates in many clinical studies, allowing patients to access the most advanced treatments available for complex coronary artery disease.

    Care team

    M. Nicholas Burke, MD

    Emmanouil Brilakis, MD, PhD

    Coronary brachytherapy

    Although coronary stents offer excellent outcomes with low rates of recurrent narrowing, they can re-narrow in some patients. For some of those patients a technique called "brachytherapy" can provide effective treatment by using a very small amount of localized radiation to unblock the stent and prevent re-narrowing. Radiation helps to inhibit the formation of new scar tissue within the prior stents and keep the artery open.

    Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is one of only a few centers in the country, and the only in Minnesota, that offers intravascular brachytherapy.

    Hemodynamic support

    Some cardiac procedures may carry increased risk for complications if they are performed in the last remaining heart artery or in patients with significantly decreased heart function. In such patients, use of devices that can temporarily support the function of the heart can make the procedure safer.

    Minneapolis Heart Institute® and Abbott Northwestern Hospital have an established hemodynamic support device program able to treat even the highest risk patients.

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    Call 612-863-3808