Tragic case of Death by Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) in a Young Soccer Player

This tragedy once again points to the need for better heart and cardiovascular screening and awareness of congenital heart defects in our young athletes.
David Dansereau,MSPT  know-stroke.org

As reported in the March 2013 Journal of Invasive Cardiology  (J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2013;25(3):162-164)

Abstract: A 34-year-old male patient was referred for primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock and was found to have embolic left coronary artery occlusion and subsegmental pulmonary artery emboli as a consequence of venous thrombosis to trauma to the thigh in the presence of a patent foramen ovale.

“The case should cause reconsideration of the current Food and Drug Administration restriction regarding indication for PFO closure to patients with a recurrent event despite medical treatment.”

http://www.invasivecardiology.com/articles/death-patent-foramen-ovale-soccer-player

Note: Special thanks to Julie Lyon of the PFO Research Foundation for calling this case to my attention and linking this article to our PFO/Migraine Stroke Group on Facebook.

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Related Posts:

http://knowstrokeblog.my-physical-therapy-coach.com/2013/02/19/another-stroke-overlooked-in-a-young-adult/

http://knowstrokeblog.my-physical-therapy-coach.com/2013/01/07/notre-dames-hegarty-sidelined-by-stroke-from-holes-in-heart/

http://knowstrokeblog.my-physical-therapy-coach.com/2012/10/10/pfo-is-the-most-frequent-source-of-cardioembolic-stroke-in-young-adults/

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