Obstructive sleep apnea and patent foramen ovale

Tomas Konecny, Guy S. Reeder, Virend K. Somers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Epidemiological data implicate obstructive sleep apnea as an independent contributor to the occurrence of stroke. One of the potential patho-physiological links implicates paradoxical embolism in patients with patent foramen ovale. This chapter discusses the hemodynamics of obstructive sleep apnea relevant to the patients with patent foramen ovale, and their connection to the theory of paradoxical embolism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPatent Foramen Ovale
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781447149873
ISBN (Print)9781447149866
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Paradoxical embolism
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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