Patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke

Jeri Jaquis

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Strokes are the leading cause of long-term, serious disability. A variety of identifiable risk factors exists for the development of a stroke. Individuals who had no definite and clearly identifiable cause for a stroke experience a cryptogenic stroke. The presence of a patent foramen ovale, a flaplike opening of the atrial septum between the septum primum and secundum, contributes to a 40% to 56% incidence of a cryptogenic stroke. This article reviews the pathophysiology of a patent foramen ovale, the diagnostic tests, and nurse's awareness of the potential etiology of a stroke in a younger individual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
JournalDimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cryptogenic shock
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care


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