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PFO closure decreased stroke risk in patients with inherited thrombophilias

March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Among patients with inherited thrombophilias on anticoagulant or antiaggregant therapies, patent foramen ovale closure was associated with a fivefold decrease in the risk for stroke events, according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Evidence suggests that the incidence of cryptogenic stroke may be higher among patients with PFOs and inherited thrombophilias, but data on the preferred therapy and the outcomes of these patients have not been reported in the large, randomized clinical trials of PFO closure, Yonatan Buber, MD, of the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, said during a presentation.

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