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New Technology to Treat Chronic Total Occlusion

Oct 18, 2015

Complete blockage of a coronary artery presents increased health risks and reduces quality of life

Delray Beach, Fla. (October 19, 2015— Delray Medical Center is offering a new minimally invasive alternative treatment option for Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO), a complete blockage of a coronary artery.

Historically, this condition was treated with heart bypass surgery or prescription drugs. Now, with Delray Medical Center’s new addition of the CrossBoss and Stingray Coronary CTO Crossing and Re-Entry devices, patients with chronic total occlusions have another option.

The new technology is designed to enable physicians to treat CTOs more successfully and efficiently using minimally invasive techniques. The CrossBoss and Stingray are the first devices of their kind to be used for coronary CTO crossing and re-entry.

“Chronic total occlusions used to have limited treatment options beyond medical management or surgery,” said Mark Bryan, CEO. “As one of the leading cardiac care providers in the area, we are proud to be able to offer our patients innovative technology and advanced treatment options.”

CTO, a complex form of coronary artery disease, affects the survival and quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 370,000 people annually. Approximately every 34 seconds, one American has a coronary event, and approximately every minute, an American will die of one.

As part of the Tenet Florida Heart & Vascular Network, Delray Medical Center is a leading cardiac care provider for Palm Beach County, featuring an award-winning valve clinic, electrophysiology lab, open heart surgery program and chest pain center. The hospital’s highly skilled nursing and clinical staff, including cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, are performing some of the latest surgeries such as the TAVR procedure, MitraClip therapy and VAD implantations.

To learn more about chronic total occlusion and your treatment options, please visit For a free physician referral to a cardiologist near you, call (866) 358-4DOC (4362).

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