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September 26, 2008
Percutaneous closure of the patent foramen ovale (PFO) can be accomplished within 15 minutes using only fl uoroscopy for guidance. Local anesthesia and femoral vein puncture in the groin with a 9 French catheter can achieve about
a 90% complete closure rate when the Amplatzer® PFO Occluder is used. Complications are extremely rare and physical restrictions are unnecessary starting a couple of hours after the intervention. Aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix) are typically prescribed for a few months after the procedure, and the therapy concludes with transesophageal echocardiography at follow-up approximately 6 months later.
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