Aug 17, 2016
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) may increase your risk of stroke, but does surgical correction reverse this risk? These and other important questions about secondary stroke prevention in patients with PFO are addressed in this week's BrainWaves podcast starring Dr. Christopher Favilla. BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision making in routine clinical practice. Any cases discussed in this episode are fictional and do not contain any patient health identifying information. The content in this episode was approved and vetted by Steven Messe. REFERENCES 1. Di Tullio M, Sacco RL, Gopal A, Mohr JP, Homma S. Patent foramen ovale as a risk factor for cryptogenic stroke. Annals of internal medicine. 1992;117:461-465. 2. Kent DM, Dahabreh IJ, Ruthazer R, Furlan AJ, Reisman M, Carroll JD, et al. Device closure of patent foramen ovale after stroke: Pooled analysis of completed randomized trials. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2016;67:907-917. 3. Carroll JD, Saver JL, Thaler DE, Smalling RW, Berry S, MacDonald LA, et al. Closure of patent foramen ovale versus medical therapy after cryptogenic stroke. The New England journal of medicine. 2013;368:1092-1100.