What's New

Feb. 1, 2016

Call for Cases!
Submission for Case Competition is started.

Dec. 22, 2015


First Announcement is now available!


Course Objectives

In the past decade, PCI treatment for CTO has achieved remarkable technical progress.

In 2005, CART technique was introduced as a systematic technique for passing CTO lesions by bidirectional manner. Also, new devices and various techniques have been developed one after another. As a result, the latest CTO PCI technique has been evolving into a more sophisticated therapeutic procedure in both the antegrade and retrograde approaches. According to data from Retrograde Summit Registry in Japan, it is now clear that the CTO PCI therapy has been safely enforced with a high initial success rate even in the facilities that do not always have a high volume practice. This data shows that CTO PCI therapy including the retrograde approach is no longer the treatment that specific experts can perform; it is maturing into a standardized procedure.

In 2015, the CTO Club had the largest number of participants from overseas ever. We believe that this is a proof that the interest of this CTO PCI field has been increasingly growing even overseas and our past activities were highly esteemed.

The current CTO PCI is not a complete therapeutic procedure yet. There are still some issues that need to be technically overcome such as challenging tough CTO lesions (including heavily calcified lesions, heavily tortuous lesions and long lesions), shortening procedure time and reducing the radiation exposure dose. On the other hand, the validity of the JCTO score that has been used until now and the academic verification for the long-term prognostic impact after CTO PCI are also important issues. The CTO Club will continue to challenge these issues from now on.

We will hold the annual seminar of the 17th CTO Club in Nagoya in June 2016. We look forward to seeing everybody in Nagoya.


Course Directors:

Yasushi Asakura (Kasai Shoikai Hospital)

Yuji Hamazaki (School of Medicine, Showa University)

Yasumi Igarashi (JCHO Hokkaido Hospital)

Eisho Kyo (Kusatsu Heart Center)

Masahiko Ochiai (Showa University, Northern Yokohama Hospital)

Satoru Otsuji (Higashi Takarazuka Satoh Hospital)

Etsuo Tsuchikane (Toyohashi Heart Center)

Kinzo Ueda (Rakuwakai Marutamachi Hospital)

Masahisa Yamane (Saitama Sekishinkai Hospital)

Honorary Co-Directors:

Osamu Katoh

Takahiko Suzuki (Toyohashi Heart Center)


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Update: Dec. 2, 2015

Call for cases

Case Competition “ My tips and tricks for successful CTO PCI ”

Submission period: Monday, February 1 - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Among submitted cases, four exemplary cases will be selected as "oral presentation" at the Case Competition, and other cases with honorable mention will be selected as "poster presentation" during the 17th CTO Club. The best case of the Case Competition will receive an award and the presenter will be invited to be a CTO Club faculty member in 2017.

*Free registration for case presenters.

*Cases can be submitted in English or Japanese.


Pre-registration period: Tuesday, March 1 - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

  Pre-registration fee (JPY) On-site registration fee (JPY)
Medical JPY 20,000 (2-day ticket) JPY 25,000 (2-day ticket)
Co-medical JPY 2,000 (2-day ticket) JPY 3,000 (2-day ticket)
Industry JPY 20,000 (2-day ticket) JPY 25,000 (2-day ticket)




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Future Meetings

CTO Club

The 17th CTO Club in 2016

June 17 Fri. - 18 Sat. 2016

The 18th CTO Club in 2017

June 2 Fri. - 3 Sat. 2017

Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics (CCT)

Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics (CCT)

Website: http://cct.gr.jp/


October 20 Thu.- 22 Sat. 2016
Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Portopia Hotel


October 26 Thu.- 28 Sat. 2017
Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Portopia Hotel