|PATENT FORAMEN OVALE CLOSURE (PFO)
What is it?
CardioSeal Closure is used to close Patent Foramen Ovale (a hole in the heart).
What will happen?
Cardioseal Closure is performed by a doctor, using catheters, in the heart catheterization laboratory. The doctor will gain access to your heart using a major vein in the groin. Various catheters will be advanced from the groin into the heart. A test involving moving pictures of the heart, called an angiogram, may be taken to better visualize the heart and the hole. The doctor may also use a special ultrasound procedure, called echocardiography (echo) to better see the heart and the hole. One type of echo involves putting a tube into the esophagus. Another type uses a vein to place the echo tube inside the heart. These tests are used to decide which size CardioSeal will be used to close the hole.
What do I do?
Let the staff know immediately if you experience any symptoms during the procedure such as:
- Do not smoke 24 hours prior to the procedure
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the test.
- Consult with us regarding which medications to continue to take the evening before the test.
- If you are a diabetic, have renal insufficiency, or a potential iodine dye allergy, please notify this office at (713) 790-9401.
Let the staff know immediately if you experience any symptoms after the procedure such as:
- Shortness of Breath
- Back Pain
- Chest Discomfort
How long does it take?
- Bleeding or wetness at the cath site
- Pain or numbness
- A knot at the site larger than a small marble
The procedure takes about 1 hour. Please plan to spend the night post procedure.