NHS approves PFO Closure funding!

The NHS finally approves PFO Closure!

Dr Malik says: The strongest class of evidence (3 Randomised Trials) has been there for at least 2 years and I have been doing the procedure for 15 years. It reduces the risk of recurrent stroke if there is no obvious alternative cause found. I am glad I can now offer it to these young patients without the arguments about funding that have raged over the last 5 years.

NHS England recently published an article (read it here) where they announced:

“Hole in the heart – or Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) – is a common condition which can trigger strokes. This potentially lifesaving procedure helps remove the risk by closing the hole … this expected to benefit up to 1,500 patients a year. The decision to routinely fund PFO closure comes after the procedure was assessed under NHS England’s Commissioning through Evaluation programme which builds evidence about effectiveness.”

Posted on 03 August 2019
Author: Dr Iqbal Malik

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