This meta-analysis offers the best evidence to date of the absence of an association with PFO and risk of cryptogenic CVA. Of 4 studies with a non-PFO comparison group, they found no association between PFO and CVA or TIA. There is no evidence for evaluating or correcting PFO in patients with cryptogenic CVA (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.