Stroke as a complication of congenital heart disease
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- Chong, J., Homma, S. & Mohr, J.P. Curr Atheroscler Rep (2005) 7: 263. doi:10.1007/s11883-005-0017-1
Patent foramen ovale is a common finding in the general population. It is associated with an increased risk of stroke, but it may not have a significant effect on recurrent stroke risk in medically treated patients. Recently, many questions have arisen with respect to best treatment for preventing recurrent stroke. Some data from a clinical trial of anticoagulation compared with antiplatelet therapy support anti-platelet treatment for secondary prevention. There are not enough data currently to support surgical or percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale for stroke prevention.