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Ellis Implants PFO Closure Device

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On Wednesday, December 7, a multidisciplinary team at Ellis successfully implanted the organization’s first Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure Device in a patient.  The multidisciplinary team of Dr. Richard Brooks, neurologist at Ellis Neuroscience Center, and cardiologists Dr. Kenneth Coleman, Dr. Peter Cospito and Dr. Satish Madiraju from Cardiology Associates of Schenectady, worked collaboratively to implant the device. 

About Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

Patent Foramen Ovale occurs after birth when the foramen ovale fails to close.  The foramen ovale is a hole in the wall between the left and right atrium of the heart that allows blood to flow. When a baby is born, the foramen ovale closes and is completely sealed in three out of four people.  However, in one out of every four people, the hole remains open, causing a patent foramen ovale (patent = open).  In a majority of people, PFO never causes an issue.  However, in puts people at an increased risk of stroke due to small emboli that travels from the legs to the right atrium.  These emboli can pass through the hole into the left atrium and travel to the brain, causing a stroke.

Closure Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Amplatzer PFO Occluder device on October 28, 2016. The device is inserted through a catheter in the leg and navigates to the heart.  It is then implanted close to the hole in the heart.  When a closure device is implanted in an individual with a patent foramen ovale, it reduces the risk of emboli entering the left atrium and having a stroke.  The successful implantation by the multidisciplinary team at Ellis will lead reduced stroke risk and improved health and quality of life.

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