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BrainWaves 2017 Update on PFO closure in stroke

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities. Episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: September 14, 2017

In 2016, the management of patent foramen ovale was “open” for discussion. Now (2017), consider the case closed. Recent data indicate patent foramen ovales should be closed in certain patients with cryptogenic strokes. But some questions remain unanswered. This week's episode is a follow-up discussion on this frequent topic that troubles stroke units.

Produced by James E Siegler and Chris Favilla. Music by Lee Rosevere and Marcos H. Bolanos. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education purposes only. Jim is not a cardiac surgeon. Just a guy who's trying to bring you all the latest updates on what smarter doctors are doing.


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