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.
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.
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.