PFO Closure Technique effective in preventing frequent strokes in young patients


Renowned intervention cardiologist Dr Ravinder Singh Rao gave a new lease of life to a 47-year old woman of Jaipur  with PFO closure technique. The woman was repeatedly having a stroke. Dr Rao who has recently joined Rajasthan Hospital’s heart centre as chairman claimed that this technique was used for the first time in Rajasthan.

He said that Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is a situation in which people in young age have complaints of frequent strokes and with PFO closure technique such people can be saved from frequent strokes.

Dr Rao said that every person has four chambers in their heart. There is a hole between the left and right atria (upper chambers), which exists in everyone before birth and most often closes shortly after birth. If the hole does not close in any person then the clot from the right side of the heart goes into the left side and moves towards the brain, due to which the person can have a stroke. Till the hole closes on its own or is closed by performing the procedure, the person can have strokes frequently.

The expert said that the woman two years ago had a stroke and despite treatment in many private hospitals the disease was not diagnosed. Recently on January 10, she again had a stroke and her family members had consulted him. Hole in the heart was found through Bubble Study Echocardiography and the complaint of repeated stroke was confirmed with this test.

Dr Rao said that the closure device was inserted through the leg vein to the heart and hole was closed. Once again through bubble study echocardiography it was confirmed that no shunt was present from right to left chamber. The patient was discharged on the next day from the hospital. He said this entire process is called PFO closure.

Dilip, husband of the patient said that in 2017 his wife had a stroke after which she was admitted to a private hospital twice, but could not diagnose the disease. “We came to Dr Rao who immediately diagnosed the disease and after the confirmation test, did the procedure and discharged my wife the next day,” he added. 

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