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|Title:||Transcatheter device closure of atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale in Malta|
|Authors:||Grech, Victor E.|
Xuereb, Robert G.
Galea Debono, Anthony
DeGiovanni, Joseph V.
|Keywords:||Cerebrovascular disease -- Malta|
Heart valve prosthesis
Atrial septal defects -- Treatment
Foramen Ovale, Patent -- Malta
|Publisher:||Malta Medical Journal|
|Citation:||Malta Medical Journal. 2008, Vol.20(4), p. 15-19|
|Abstract:||Significant atrial septal defects (ASD) are closed, surgically or through a transcatheter device, in order to avoid pulmonary hypertension in late life. A patent foramen ovale (PFO) may need to be closed because of transient shunt reversal resulting in transient ischaemic events or stroke. We report the Maltese experience to date in transcatheter closure of these defects. A total of 46 ASDs and 51 PFOs have been successfully closed at our unit (total 97), with very low complication rates, rates that compare very favourably with results from larger international centres.|
|Appears in Collections:||MMJ, Volume 20, Issue 4|
MMJ, Volume 20, Issue 4
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