Patent Foramen Ovale: A Source of Emboli or an Innocent Bystander?


1 Department of Cardiology, Najafabad branch,Islamic Azad University, Najafabad,Isfahan,I.R.Iran

2 Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan I.R. Iran


Although a patent foramen ovale (PFO) has been suggested as a risk factor for recurrent strokes, many stroke patients with PFOs have another source of emboli that remains unidentified if the PFO is considered the only embolic source. We report a case of stroke due to emboli an aortic aneurysm with a concomitant PFO.