BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS PREVENTING CRYPTOGENIC STROKE
If you’ve had a stroke due to an unknown cause, learn how you may be able to prevent another with the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder.
If you have had a cryptogenic stroke, the fear of having another stroke can be overwhelming. With the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder, your doctor may be able to significantly reduce the risk of stroke reoccurrence.
Patients who have had the PFO closure procedure have experienced up to a 97% reduction in their risk of recurring stroke.¹ A randomized trial showed a significantly lower risk of recurrent stroke with the Amplatzer™ PFO occluder than with medical therapy alone.² With a proven track record of more than 130,000 patients treated globally³ over 25 years, the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder is relied upon by thousands of physicians around the world.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about any medication you may be taking, as they may advise you to adjust your medication before the procedure. Your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the procedure. You should arrange for a ride to and from the hospital, and ask someone to help you at home (if necessary).
The PFO closure procedure will take place in a heart catheterization laboratory, where minimally invasive procedures are performed. Before beginning the procedure, you will receive a sedating medication to help you relax and a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel any significant discomfort. The catheter-based procedure involves making a tiny skin incision, typically in the right groin area, and inserting a small tube (called a catheter) to guide the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder through the blood vessels to close the PFO within your heart.
Once the occluder is placed across the PFO, the cardiologist will carefully study its position using cardiac imaging tools. When the cardiologist is satisfied with the position of the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder, it will be released to remain permanently in the heart, and all catheters will be removed. The procedure should last between one and two hours.
The Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder significantly lowers the risk of a recurrent ischemic stroke.
Before the PFO closure procedure, other potential causes for your past stroke should be ruled out by your neurologist and cardiologist. If your stroke was identified as a cryptogenic stroke and it’s been determined that you have a PFO, your team of doctors may recommend the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder.
Before undergoing PFO closure, your doctors will also evaluate specific factors that need to be considered for the procedure itself, including:
As with any medical procedure, there is a possibility of complications. The most serious risks include:
Additional potential risks associated with the procedure or the occluder include:
The Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder is not suitable for patients who: