Revascularization of chronic total occlusions (CTO) has always been a challenge in interventional cardiology. Until the recent decade, we were unable to revascularize most of the complex CTO’s successfully and patients with these lesions were undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery or left to medical treatment options only. Our diligent effort on this issue has come up with promising results in the recent era.
Furthermore, techniques, equipment and experiences of interventional cardiologists have provided a rapid improvement in the challenging CTO’s of vessels other than coronaries.Training in revascularization of CTO’s is a demanding and compelling situation requiring patience, discipline and long practice hours. Learning from masters and experienced cardiologists, especially in the beginning period is really important. Sharing knowledge, expertise, tricks, handling with difficulties and opinions on dealing with complications is even very valuable for experienced operators. In the meantime, profits gained by CTO intervention training are worthwhile for interventional cardiologists. Even getting familiar with basic techniques may lead to a leap at daily practice in the catheter laboratories.We, hereby, are proud to announce that, Experts “Live” CTO Workshop arranged by Euro CTO Club will be organized in Istanbul, Turkey on 18-19 September, 2015. In this workshop, we aim to gather masters of CTO in Istanbul and create an environment consisting of comprehensive education on CTO intervention practice.
Scientific programme will be announced soon, which will consist of basic techniques, as well as procedures requiring advanced skills. This workshop would be a great opportunity for you to get involved with any level of CTO intervention, sharing skills and knowledge, meeting experienced masters and having the chance to improve your skills in complex cases. We look forward to meeting all of you in Istanbul.Course Directors:
Omer Goktekin, Istanbul, Turkey
Tevfik Gurmen, Istanbul, TurkeyECC-President:
Alfredo R. Galassi, Catania, ItalyCo-Directors:
Yves Louvard, Massy, France
Jaroslaw Wojcik, Lublin, Poland