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Coronary Artery Chronic Total Occlusion

man and woman smilingCoronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and is classified by the narrowing or blockage of one or more coronary (heart) arteries due to plaque buildup. Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is the complete obstruction of a coronary artery. For a patient to be diagnosed with true CTO, there is typically no downstream blood flow from the patient’s artery and the condition must be present for a minimum of three months. People who have CTO may experience chest paint, jaw pain, indigestion, dizziness, nausea, rapid or irregular heartbeat, unusual fatigue, and/or cold sweats. Some may experience no symptoms at all.

Tampa General Hospital’s state-of-the-art cardiovascular center helps patients manage and treat chronic total occlusion, as well as other types of heart disease. Tampa General offers percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a non-surgical procedure used to open narrow or blocked coronary arteries, thus restoring blood flow to the heart. The chronic total occlusion procedure can lead to improved left ventricular function, a substantial decrease in anginal symptoms, and an overall improvement in patient well-being.

U.S. News & World Report has named TGH one of America's Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery every year since 2008. In 2015, we earned accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for Chest Pain (with Primary PCI) because within 30 minutes of STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction), or a heart attack caused by complete blockage, activation for a patient, our on-call team of cardiac catheterization lab staff and an interventional cardiologist are onsite to deliver quick treatment and thus, TGH improved outcomes.

Tampa General Hospital’s team of specialists will deliver the diagnosis and appropriate chronic total occlusion treatment options necessary for patients with chronic total occlusion and other types of heart disease.

To find a Tampa General Hospital heart disease specialist, visit Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).