57 year old male with stroke due to a small hole in the heart or Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) successfully closed in 30 minutes with minimally invasive surgery and discharged next morning by Dr. Mehran Moussavian.

A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a hole in the heart that didn’t close the way it should after birth. The small flaplike opening is between the right and left upper chambers of the heart (atria).

It’s unclear what causes the foramen ovale to stay open in some people, though genetics may play a role.