When a PFO is discovered incidentally

Robert J. Sommer, Barbara T. Spencer

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With Patent Foramen Ovale occurring in 20-25 ’ of the adult population, it can often be discovered incidentally during a cardiac evaluation. How should these patients be counseled? Is further evaluation warranted to assess risk factors that may predict a future complication? Is treatment of any sort needed?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPatent Foramen Ovale
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781447149873
ISBN (Print)9781447149866
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Desaturation
  • Eustachian valve
  • PFO


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