Percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale: safe and effective but underutilized.

Nietlispach, Fabian; Meier, Bernhard (2015). Percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale: safe and effective but underutilized. Expert review of cardiovascular therapy, 13(2), pp. 121-123. Taylor & Francis 10.1586/14779072.2015.1000305

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With three recently published randomized trials on patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure, the concept of PFO closure to reduce recurrent strokes has been proven; however, PFO closure is currently only considered for secondary prevention. Given the potential devastating consequences of a PFO-related event, we advocate screening for and closure of a PFO for primary prevention in high-risk populations. Such populations include patients who are suffering from a disease that is associated with PFO (e.g., migraine) or patients with high-risk hobbies/professions (e.g., weight-lifters, frequent-flyers, and deep sea divers). Looking at young people with a remaining average life expectancy of 50 years, we have to close 2.4 PFOs to prevent one stroke. This should support a more proactive attitude toward PFO screening and closure.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

UniBE Contributor:

Meier, Bernhard

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1477-9072

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daria Vogelsang

Date Deposited:

06 Mar 2015 13:46

Last Modified:

06 Apr 2016 09:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1586/14779072.2015.1000305

PubMed ID:

25556896

Uncontrolled Keywords:

migraine, patent foramen ovale, percutaneous PFO closure, prevention, stroke

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.64598

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64598

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