PFO Closure Poll Results Favorable (So Far)


A while back we asked you to take this poll….

Have You Had PFO Closure?  Take Our Quick Poll:


Many patient’s report improvement in symptoms and sometimes even complete resolution of symptoms after PFO closure, while other patients report mixed results.  If this applies to you, I hope you’ll chime in here how you feel after closure in this very unscientific anonymous poll:


 

So now for a quick PFO Closure Poll update, here’s how the polling results are going so far (340 responders to date)…

PFO Closure Poll Results at Know-Stroke.org
PFO Closure Poll Results at Know-Stroke.org

 

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New Report Released : Closure versus medical therapy for preventing recurrent stroke in patients with patent foramen ovale and a history of cryptogenic stroke or transient ischemic attack


PFO Closure vs. Medical Therapy


Published Sept. 8 2015
Cochrane.org

PFO-know-stroke-dot-orgThe authors of this report wanted to compare the safety and effectiveness of transcatheter device closure (TDC) versus medical therapy in people with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) who have suffered a stroke of unknown cause in order to prevent strokes or similar events occurring again.

Key results: The Cochrane Report  found that, “when compared with medical therapy, TDC failed to show any significant benefit in reducing the risk of recurrent stroke or similar events. However, there was a possible protective effect on recurrent strokes in those participants for whom an Amplatzer device was used compared with medical therapy. We did not find evidence that TDC increased the rate of serious adverse events overall. However, TDC increased the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation (where there is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat) and may be associated with the type of device used.”

Read the full Cochrane Report on PFO closure vs. medical therapy 

Authors: 
Li J, Liu J, Liu M, Zhang S, Hao Z, Zhang J, Zhang C

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Have You Had PFO Closure?  Take Our Quick Poll:


Many patient’s report improvement in symptoms and sometimes even complete resolution of symptoms after PFO closure, while other patients report mixed results.  If this applies to you, I hope you’ll chime in here how you feel after closure in this very unscientific anonymous poll:


 

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