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Title: Establishment of the Heart and Brain Team for Patent Foramen Ovale Closure in Stroke Patients: An Expert Opinion.
Austin Authors: Kim, Jong S;Thijs, Vincent N ;Yudi, Matias B ;Toyoda, Kazunori;Shiozawa, Masayuki;Zening, Jin;Clapp, Brian;Albers, Bert;Diener, Hans-Christoph
Affiliation: Cardiology
Department of Neurology, Gangneung Asan Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Gangneung, Korea..
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Japan..
Department of Neurology, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Beijing, China..
Interventional Cardiology, St. Thomas' Hospital, London, UK..
Albers Clinical Evidence Consultancy, Winterswijk Woold, The Netherlands..
Department of Neuroepidemiology, Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (IMIBE), Medical Faculty of the University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany..
Issue Date: Sep-2022
Date: 2022
Publication information: Journal of stroke 2022; 24(3): 345-351
Abstract: The online 2021 Asian-Pacific Heart and Brain Summit was organized to present and discuss experiences within leading Asian-Pacific centers with regard to institutional heart and brain teams managing the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of cryptogenic stroke (CS) patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO). This manuscript presents a narrative review of presentations and discussions during the summit meeting. Percutaneous PFO closure is an established therapy for CS patients in whom PFO is considered to be causal. Guidelines and consensus statements emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary clinical decision-making regarding PFO closure with the involvement of several clinical specialties, including neurology, cardiology, and hematology. It is also recommended that the patient be closely involved in this process. The heart and brain team is a collaborative platform that facilitates such a multidisciplinary decision-making process and patient involvement. It also creates opportunities for education and evaluation of the healthcare provided to patients with CS. This review provides insights into the implementation, composition, organization, and operation of a heart and brain team. Methods and metrics are suggested to evaluate the team's role. We suggest that an efficient heart and brain team can implement guideline-recommended multidisciplinary clinical decision-making with regard to PFO closure in CS patients and play an important role in the management of these patients.
DOI: 10.5853/jos.2022.02103
Journal: Journal of stroke
PubMed URL: 36221937
ISSN: 2287-6391
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Clinical decision-making
Patent foramen ovale
Secondary prevention
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