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’ve had a cryptogenic stroke and have also been diagnosed with a PFO, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of available treatment options to reduce your risk of another stroke. There are several treatment options your doctor may discuss, including medication or closure of the PFO, either with the Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder or, in very rare cases, open-heart surgery.
The Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder is a device that can be placed in your heart to close the PFO through a minimally invasive, catheter-based technique, and is designed to stop blood flow through the PFO.
Your doctor may prescribe blood-thinning medication to reduce your chance of having blood clots. Aspirin (taken daily) is the recommended medication for most cryptogenic stroke patients to reduce the risk of having another ischemic stroke. Some physicians recommend stronger blood-thinning medication called anticoagulants.
Most open-heart operations are performed through an incision across the full length of the breastbone or sternum. Open heart surgeries require the use of a heart-lung machine, which takes over the function of the heart temporarily. Today, open-heart surgery is rarely performed to close a PFO.
Find out how you can reduce your risk of another stroke with PFO closure.
After Christine Lee’s stroke at age 33, her neurologist ordered a transesophageal echocardiogram to look for a PFO. Nearly six months after her first stroke, she had a TIA. Her neurologist then made a referral to an interventional cardiologist, and he recommended she get the PFO closure procedure within seven days.
I’ve had so many emails from readers who say their neurologist won’t make that referral to an interventional cardiologist. They just won’t. They want to know the name of my cardiologist, because they’re so desperate.”