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Northside Hospital Performs Its First Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure

St. Petersburg, FL -- (February 19, 2010) – Steve Minor, M.D., an interventional cardiologist with Heart & Vascular Institute of Florida is now credentialed to perform PFO and atrial septum defect (ASD) closures at Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute. The first PFO closure was completed successfully on February 17, 2010.

A PFO, or ASD, is a defect in the septum between the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. This is commonly known as a ‘hole in the heart.’ A closure device is inserted through a catheter in the heart, which deploys on both sides of the septum, closing the communication between the chambers. The device is usually fully healed by three to six months, at which time it becomes a part of the heart wall.

“I am elated that this procedure is now available at Northside Hospital,” said Dr. Minor. “Closing these types of cardiac defects through this minimally-invasive procedure can potentially reduce the risk of stroke and can offer an alternative to traditional surgical options or long-term medical therapies.”

“After having a stroke and finding out I had a PFO, I decided to have this procedure done,” said the patient, whose name cannot be released due to HIPAA regulations. “Talking to people I know who have had this done, I knew it was the best option to prevent another stroke. The procedure was a breeze and has given me piece of mind.”

“Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute has prided itself on providing technologically advanced procedures to the community,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, President and CEO of Northside Hospital. “We are pleased to be able to offer PFO closures, which we hope will reduce the amount of strokes and heart attacks that we admit.”

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