The role of drug-eluting stents for the treatment of coronary chronic total occlusions

Emmanouil S. Brilakis, Anna Kotsia, Michael Luna, Santiago Garcia, Shuaib M. Abdullah, Subhash Banerjee

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First generation drug-eluting stents (DES) had a major impact on our capacity to percutaneously treat coronary chronic total occlusions by significantly reducing the risk for in-stent restenosis compared to bare metal stents. Second generation drug-eluting stents further improved our capacity to treat these complex lesions by providing improved deliverability and enhanced efficacy and safety. The ongoing development of bioabsorbable stents will likely be the next major advancement to improve the durability of chronic total occlusion interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1358
Number of pages10
JournalExpert review of cardiovascular therapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
ES Brilakis has received consultant/speaker honoraria from St Jude Medical, Terumo, Janssen, Sanofi, Abbott Vascular, Asahi and Boston Scientific; research support from Guerbet; spouse is employee of Medtronic. S Garcia has received consultant honoraria from Medtronic. S Banerjee has received research grants from Gilead and the Medicines Company; consultant/speaker honoraria from Covidien and Medtronic; ownership in MDCARE Global (spouse); intellectual property in HygeiaTel. The authors have no other relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript apart from those disclosed.


  • Chronic total occlusion
  • Drug-eluting stents
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention


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