Emmanouil S. Brilakis

CTO Corner

Insights into the expanding field of chronic total occlusion interventions.

CTO Corner

Hiking and CTO PCI: Lessons Learned

Cardiology Today's Intervention, March/April 2019
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
One might not think there are many similarities between hiking and chronic total occlusion PCI, but a recent family trip led me to think there are…
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CTO Education: Planning for 2019

Cardiology Today's Intervention, September/October 2018
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
Chronic total occlusion PCI continues to rapidly evolve. One of the best ways to keep up — or go ahead — with new techniques, equipment…
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Time Management in CTO PCI

Cardiology Today's Intervention, July/August 2018
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
“Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase…
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A Challenging Case of Failed CTO PCI: Was It Worth It?

Cardiology Today's Intervention, March/April 2018
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
It was 9 p.m. when the case ended. It was a 3-hour chronic total occlusion attempt that failed, fortunately without any complications. Returning home…
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The Asia Pacific CTO Algorithm: Think Global, Act Local

Cardiology Today's Intervention, September/October 2017
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
The development of the hybrid algorithm to guide crossing of coronary chronic total occlusions was a pivotal event in chronic total occlusion PCI…
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Risks, Benefits of CTO PCI Must be Weighed

Cardiology Today's Intervention, May/June 2017
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
New data from the DECISION-CTO trial, presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in March, have fueled the ongoing…
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CTO PCI: When to Continue, When to Stop

Cardiology Today's Intervention, September/October 2016
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the
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Innovation in CTO PCI: The Pace Accelerates

Cardiology Today's Intervention, September/October 2015
Emmanouil S. Brilakis
Chronic total occlusion PCI has grown during recent years in the United States for multiple reasons. First, the techniques have matured, providing…
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How to Start a CTO Program

Cardiology Today's Intervention, May/June 2015
Emmanouil S. Brilakis
You have witnessed a recent explosion in the popularity of chronic total occlusion interventions. You also have seen some amazing cases and are now…
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Cross-Pollination: The Catalytic Impact of CTO Interventions

Cardiology Today's Intervention, January/February 2015
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
Cross-pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred from the anther, or male part, of one plant to the stigma, or female part, of another…