Patent Foramen Ovale Medication

Updated: Dec 17, 2017
  • Author: Sandy N Shah, DO, MBA, FACC, FACP, FACOI; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP  more...
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Medication Summary

Most patients with a patent foramen ovale as an isolated finding receive no particular treatment.



Class Summary

Antiplatelet therapy and anticoagulation with warfarin can be indicated to prevent recurrent systemic thromboembolism.

Warfarin (Coumadin)

Interferes with hepatic synthesis of vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. Used for prophylaxis and treatment of venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and thromboembolic disorders.

Tailor dose to maintain an INR in the range of 2 to 3.