A myocardial infarction may disclose patent foramen ovale

Daniela Trabattoni, Tiziana Zaro, Stefano Garducci

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We report a case of a 19-year-old man presenting with an acute myocardial infarction. Coronary arteries were free from atherosclerotic disease. A patent foramen ovale (PFO) was detected on contrast echocardiography with right-to-left shunting during Valsalva maneuver. No other embolic source was identified. We closed the patient's PFO with a 23-mm PFO occluder. No residual intracardiac shunt was found on contrast transthoracic echocardiography at 1-year follow-up and no recurrent paradoxical embolization occurred.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiology Cases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Coronary embolization
  • Patent foramen ovale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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