Doctors Medical Center in Modesto recently expanded its cardiology services to provide more care for patients.
One such offering is the Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) closure procedure. It helps to close an opening in the upper two chambers of the heart that did not close at birth. The hospital completed the first case on April 19.
“We are proud to offer this innovative, minimally-invasive technology to the Central Valley community,” said Dr. Talwinderdeep Kahlon, who performs the procedure. “This allows us to treat and improve outcomes for PFO patients and provide them with the care they need without having to travel to surrounding areas.”
The opening in the heart, according to DMC, is important prior to birth since it allows blood from the mother to circulate through the fetus. The hole closes upon birth, except in the case of about 25 percent of people.