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A first for McKenzie-Willamette.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Dr. Samuel Lau recently performed, for the first time in Springfield, a minimally invasive way to close a congenital opening in the heart.

Lau, a board certified cardiologist with Oregon Cardiology, treated the

defect - called a patent foramen ovale - through a tiny puncture in the skin, according to a McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center news release.

PFO is a defect that may cause as many as 100,000 strokes a year, the release said.

Although Lau has been performing PFO closures since 2004 (41 procedures to date), this was the first time such a so-called percutaneous closure had been done at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.

If a PFO is suspected in a patient, several diagnostic-imaging evaluations can help determine what treatment is most suitable. Depending on age and health factors, options may include a medicine regimen, open heart surgery or the percutaneous closure performed by cardiologists such as Lau.

Percutaneous closure might be preferred because it is an outpatient procedure, it has a short recovery period, shorter medicine therapy afterward, a high success rate and fewer risks.
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Title Annotation:Springfield Extra
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 7, 2008
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