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There are several randomized controlled trials studying PFO closure devices, including the RESPECT trial for the Amplatzer PFO Occluder. These trials were designed and conducted to compare PFO closure to medical management to see if there was a greater benefit to patients to have their PFO closed to prevent another stroke.
Read on to learn more.
Device Used: Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder
Number of patients: 980
Timeframe: Median 5.9 years follow-up
Key result: Lower rate of stroke recurrence with the Amplatzer PFO Occluder plus medication* than medication alone.
*Antithrombotic medication (antiplatelets or anticoagulants).
Abbott continues to collect data on our PFO closure devices. In fact, enrollment for a large study is currently underway. Talk to your doctor to find out if you are eligible to participate.
Devices Used: Amplatzer™ PFO Occluder and Amplatzer™ Talisman™ PFO Occluder
Number of patients needed: 1,214
Long-term follow up: 5 years after receiving the device.
If you or a loved one have a PFO and have experienced a stroke, we have resources you may find helpful.