I’ve passed this link along to many people who have contacted me through my Know-Stroke blog. I think that if you have the time to view it (it’s over an hour long) it answers lots of questions and shows the same PFO closure procedure I had done at MGH (no, that’s not me on the table).
OR-Live may block embedding this video on this site so I’ve included the direct link below- try clicking on the direct link if the video doesn’t play from this page. Anyway, here’s the video description from YouTube:
In this video, Heart Center cardiologist Sanjay K. Gandhi, M.D., assistant professor of medicine will perform a congenital heart defect repair live on the Internet Tuesday, June 6 at 5 p.m. The procedure will be narrated by his colleague, cardiologist Renato M. Santos, M.D., assistant professor of medicine.
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common congenital heart defect found in 20 percent of all adults. It occurs when a fetal opening in the wall (septum) between the left and right atriumâ€”the upper chambers of the heartâ€”doesn’t close after birth. This residual tunnel can potentially allow blood to leak between these chambers.