Genesis Performs Minimally Invasive Procedures for Heart Defects
Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) closure is new surgical option
Zanesville, Ohio (Sept. 3, 2019) - Genesis HealthCare System has begun performing a correction procedure that corrects a congenital heart defect by closing a hole in the heart that some patients have had since birth. This opening, known as a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), occurs when a hole or open flap between the chambers of the heart does not close at birth. As a result, it allows blood to leak between the atriums of the heart and can cause medical issues such as stroke later in life.
Mohamed Ahmed, M.D., interventional cardiologist, Genesis Heart & Vascular Institute, said that bringing this minimally invasive procedure to Genesis has given the staff another tool to correct heart conditions before they cause more damage.
“Not all patients diagnosed with PFO require correction, but those that have suffered a stroke or migraines should be evaluated for the correction procedure to prevent further damage,” said Ahmed.
During the PFO correction procedure, Dr. Ahmed uses a catheter to enter a vessel near the groin to reach the heart. The catheter is then guided to the heart where, once in place, the occluder is released to form a circular coil that closes the hole.
Dr. Ahmed said that the PFO procedure not only corrects the issue, but it also greatly reduces the risk of additional strokes for the patient in the future. The patient usually requires only an overnight stay for observation in the hospital after the procedure, and there is little downtime after returning home.