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:
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.
M. Nicholas Burke, MD
Emmanouil Brilakis, MD, PhD
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.
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.