Emmanouil S. Brilakis

CTO Corner

Insights into the expanding field of chronic total occlusion interventions.

CTO Corner

Top 10 Reasons Why Doing CTO Interventions Will Make You a Better Interventionalist

Cardiology Today's Intervention, September/October 2014
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
The goal of chronic total occlusion interventions — and any procedure or intervention — is to benefit the patient. In addition…
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Failure: The Prelude to Great Success in CTO Interventions

Cardiology Today's Intervention, January/February 2014
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
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Fear of the Unknown: Complications in CTO Interventions

Cardiology Today's Intervention, September/October 2013
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
When asked whether the fear of complications should stop interventionalists from performing chronic total occlusion interventions, my answer is…
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The Essential Equipment for CTO Interventions

Cardiology Today's Intervention, May/June
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD PhD
One of the most frequently asked questions about chronic total occlusion interventions, especially from institutions starting a CTO program, is…
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The Role of Dissection/Re-Entry in CTO PCI

Cardiology Today's Intervention, January/February
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
Although dissection/re-entry techniques can significantly improve the success of chronic total occlusion PCIs, they often incite a mixture of…
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The 'Hybrid' Approach: The Key to CTO Crossing Success

Cardiology Today's Intervention, November/December
Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD
Most attempts to intervene on coronary chronic total occlusions fail because the wire cannot cross the occlusion. Three main strategies can be used…
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The Symphony of CTO PCI

Cardiology Today's Intervention, July/August 2016
Emmanouil S Brilakis, MD PhD
“Ars longa, vita brevis.” — Hippocrates