New treatment, hope for Chronic Total Occlusion.
Naperville Sun HealthAware column:
Edward doctor at forefront of treating chronic total occlusions
By: Edward Hospital | Submitted column
April 30, 2014
Living with a completely blocked coronary artery is possible, but it isn’t easy.
Dependent on medication to get him through the day, Russell Vestuto, 69, of Plainfield couldn’t carry a bag of groceries into the house without pain in his chest and back.
The physical requirements of his job in a retail garden center caused more pain than he could bear, so he quit.
“It was so bad, I didn’t want to live with it,” Vestuto said. “Either you fix it, or I croak.”
About 12 years earlier, Vestuto had bypass surgery. He said the artery was clogged then, but doctors could not remove the blockage.
Chronic total occlusions (CTOs) remain a clinical dilemma and a challenge for clinicians treating patients with cardiovascular disease. There are hundreds of thousands of people with CTOs, which in many cases, were untreatable. Some CTOs are treated with bypass surgery, but 60 percent of patients with CTOs are treated only with prescription drugs.
Now, new techniques and strategies developed by an elite group of doctors, including an Edward Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Mark Goodwin, have made it possible to unclog those arteries.
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