Heart Repair: Closing a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

Ramon Quesada

Ramon Quesada M.D.
Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Research

Ramon Quesada, M.D., is medical director of interventional cardiology and cardiac research at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of El Salvador. Dr. Quesada completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the University of Miami. At the University of Miami, he won the Martin H. Stein Memorial Award for Superior performance ... View full profile

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts M.D.
Interventional and Clinical Cardiologist

Dr. Jonathan Roberts is an interventional and clinical cardiologist with Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his medical degree from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. Dr. Roberts completed his residency at Emory University School of Medicine and fellowships in cardiology and coronary angioplasty at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Roberts is Board-certified ... View full profile

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Dr. Ramon Quesada, medical director of interventional cardiology and cardiac research at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, will repair a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart, during a live webcast on Thursday, February 24 at 4 p.m.  The webcast will be moderated by interventional cardiologist Jonathan Roberts, M.D. Viewers can email questions during the procedure and they will be answered by the physicians throughout the webcast. The live program will be simultaneously broadcast in Spanish.

Nearly one of every four Americans have the common heart defect called a PFO. It is a small hole between the upper chambers of the heart that never closes after birth. If it goes undetected as an adult, in some cases it can cause a stroke.

Dr. Quesada, a pioneer in the field, will perform a minimally invasive procedure to seal the hole. Using a catheter, he will  thread a small mesh device through a vein into the heart to close the PFO. In contrast with traditional open heart surgery, this method offers patients quicker recovery, a shorter hospital stay and less pain and scarring.

Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization's fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

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