Heart Repair: Closing a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

Heart Repair: Closing a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

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.



Ramon Quesada

Ramon Quesada, MD

Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Research

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts, MD

Interventional and Clinical Cardiologist