A patent foramen ovale is a type of “hole in the heart”, which results from the failure of complete closure of a structure normally present prior to birth. This procedure attempts to close the hole by using an implanted device to occlude it.
The procedure involves the insertion of a long thin catheter into a vein in the groin under general anaesthetic. The catheter is moved up the inside of the vein until it reaches the heart. When the catheter is in place, a small device is placed across the defect in the heart under ultrasound and/or xray guidance. The device is then deployed, closing the defect.
Your doctor will inform you of the results at the end of the procedure. A follow up appointment will more than likely be organized a couple of weeks later in the consulting rooms.
If you are a patient undergoing this procedure and you have any further queries, please raise them with your cardiologist.