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

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.”

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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Published by David Dansereau

Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at PTC Physical Therapy Consulting and SmartMovesPT. is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at

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