Study suggests better imaging needed to detect possible embolism from patent foramen ovale (PFO)

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Quote from recent study reported in Cardiology Today:

Wöhrle J. J Am Coll Cardiol Img. 2010;3:833–839.

PFO Heart Defect

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“It adds to the growing body of evidence that a PFO has multiple, potentially adverse, consequences that are often not noticed. Although a plethora of literature addresses stroke in patients with a PFO, no systematic study has evaluated embolism in other organ systems,” he wrote. “[This study] also encourages the introduction of better imaging to detect currently unidentified pathology.”

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