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Treatment of Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

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Best hospitals and doctors for patent foramen ovale (pfo) treatment abroad

The selection of doctors and clinics is carried out on the basis of annual qualification reports. The main selection criterion is the number of operations or procedures performed. It takes into account experience, reputation in the medical society, the availability of quality certificates and high specialization in a certain field.

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St. Vincentius Hospital Karlsruhe-Academic Hospital of the University of Freiburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Karlsruhe

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Intensive Care Medicine

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques. The clinic has at its disposal the latest
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1735
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Hospital Sachsenhausen - Academic Hospital of the University of Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Sleep Medicine

The Hospital Sachsenhausen - Academic Hospital of the University of Frankfurt am Main was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes. The hospital offers services in the field
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1651
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
13886

Medipol Mega University Hospital Istanbul

8/10
location_onTurkey, Istanbul

Department of Cardiology

Medipol Mega University Hospital in Istanbul is the largest, leading hospital in Turkey with a broad range of medical services. Thanks to the highly qualified medical staff, the state-of-the-art medical technology and a special well-being ambience, the Hospital enjoys an excellent reputation in both national and international ar
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1475
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13443 help12187
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University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Care

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1805
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
17092
PFO reconstruction open surgery
24189

Primus Super Speciality Hospital New Delhi

9/10
location_onIndia, New Delhi

Department of Cardiology

Primus Super Speciality Hospital is a state-of-the-art multispecialty hospital located in New Delhi, which is the heart of India’s capital. It has been designed and constructed using the most advanced medical technology from all around the world. The infrastructure of the hospital and the quiet environment contribute to fa
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1330
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Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10
location_onIsrael, Haifa

Department of Cardiology

Rambam Health Care Campus is the largest and the most advanced hospital in Northern Israel. Founded in 1938, the medical center has a long history and a rich experience in providing comprehensive medical services in all medical specialties. Ramdam serves over 2 million residents of the country, as well as the Israel Defense Forc
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Klinik im Park Zurich

8.9/10
location_onSwitzerland, Zurich

Department of Cardiovascular Diseases

Every year, Zurich attracts thousands of foreigners with its best Swiss clinics. One of them is Klinik Im Park that has been providing a constantly high level of medical services, professional care and friendly atmosphere for 25 years. Why exactly do patients choose Swiss clinics? The reason is that our specialists will do their
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University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Cardiology, Angiology and Pulmonology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all field
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Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Cardiology and Angiology

Being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin and having a long experience, the Charite Hospital in Germany has gained wide recognition. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university medical center in Europe. With more than
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
2420
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
24002
PFO reconstruction open surgery
34595

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Cardiology, Pneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine

With its 34 clinics, 25 institutes and five multidisciplinary units covers the University Hospital Aachen not only the entire spectrum of medicine, but also it offers a patient- oriented medical care and nursing, medical education and research of international level. The University Hospital RWTH Aachen is included in t
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1926
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
18183
PFO reconstruction open surgery
25760

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Cardiology, Angiology, Pulmonology and Intensive Care

The University Hospital Jena is a multidisciplinary medical faicility with a long history. It operates 26 specialized departments and 25 research institutes, which embody the highest standards of treatment in Germany. There are annually treated about 420,000 outpatients and 52,000 inpatients. The medical staff of the hospit
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1959
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
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University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Cardiology and Angiology

University Hospital Erlangen is one of the leading university hospitals in Bavaria and offers advanced medicine, characterized by a tight integration of patient care with university research and teaching. It pursues a very innovative concept. The research results in Erlangen set new standards in the prevention, diagnosis and tre
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1797
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16795
PFO reconstruction open surgery
24009

University Hospital Cologne

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Cologne

Department of Cardiology, Angiology, Pulmonology and Intensive Care Medicine

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements. Both doctors and researchers of the hospital are constantly searching for new techniques in the field of diagnosis and treatmen
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1803
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16171
PFO reconstruction open surgery
23085

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology and Pulmonology

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1818
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
16049
PFO reconstruction open surgery
22815

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Cardiology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) diagnosis
1948
Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
17722
PFO reconstruction open surgery
25935

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Angiology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Duesseldorf ranks among the top Germany hospitals! The hospital is an excellent example of a combination of high-quality health care, research and teaching activities. With more than 50,000 inpatients and about 300,000 outpatients every year, the hospital is
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Atrial appendage occluder implantation in PFO
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PFO reconstruction open surgery
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About the disease

Atrial septal defect, also known as ASD, is a congenital disease of the atrial septum, when there is a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. Because of this hole, the lungs and heart receive an excessive amount of oxygen and thus overwork and weaken. If not treated, a large defect can damage the lungs and heart. In some cases, this defect is so small that it may go unnoticed by the person who has it. An atrial septal defect can appear during prenatal development due to a genetic predisposition or environmental factors which had an effect on the baby's health. Smoking, alcohol consumption and various infections contracted during pregnancy can also affect a baby's health. 

This disease rarely manifests itself in children. Symptoms usually start to appear after the age of 30.

Symptoms

  • Frequent inflammation of the lungs
  • Heart murmur
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart beat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Inability to exercise and engage in physical activities for a long time
  • Swelling of legs

Atrial septal defect contributes to 5-10% of all inborn heart defects in babies. The highest prevalence of its manifestation is 21-30 years, with 80% of patients with atrial septal defect having severe symptoms at this age.

Diagnosis

During a physical examination, a doctor will listen to a patient's heart with a stethoscope to see if there are any murmurs or whooshing sounds in the valves. Presence of a heart murmur can be a cause of other heart diseases, however, which is why a patient would need to undergo further diagnostics to know for sure if they have an atrial septal defect.

  • An Echocardiogram is used to produce images of the heart to see if there is a hole between the patient’s heart chambers, which is having a detrimental effect on its pumping function.
  • X-Ray also produces heart images, but it is difficult to see the hole with this method if the atrial septal defect is very small.
  • A CT scan is used for detecting the smallest atrial defects, which wouldn't be picked up on an echocardiogram.    

Treatment

  • Reconstruction surgery aims to close the hole between two heart chambers and repair the pumping function of its valves, so that the heart and lungs get a normal supply of oxygen. Such reconstruction can be done by open-heart surgery or endoscopy. 
  • Cardiac catheterization with mesh patch implantation is a procedure that implants a surgical mesh, which is a loosely woven sheet, into the heart to support its pumping function. Such implantation can be performed during cardiac catheterization.

Overall, such procedures have a favorable outcome and the patient usually has a long life expectancy. 




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