[Patent foramen ovale and stroke]

Arch Mal Coeur Vaiss. 2004 Oct;97(10):987-93.
[Article in French]


About a quarter of the adult population is known to have a patent foramen ovale, rarely accompanied by the presence of an interatrial septal aneurysm. A patent foramen ovale is found in more than 40% of patients younger than 60 years who had a cryptogenic ischemic stroke. Clinical and echocardiographic parameters allow the identification of patients at high risk of recurrence after a first cryptogenic stroke even if treated with Aspirin. A multidisciplinary approach allow the selected patients to benefit of a correction of their cardiac anomaly with promising long term results.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Aspirin / therapeutic use
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / complications*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Stroke / etiology*


  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
  • Aspirin