Historical Perspective

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Journal of Structural Heart Disease, May 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1:3-4
DOI: 10.12945/j.jshd.2015.00101-14

40 Years of Device Closure: Reflections from a Country Doctor

Terry Dean King, MD

Ochsner Pediatric Cardiology, West Monroe, Louisiana, USA


2015 marks the 40th anniversary of ASD closure. As I reflect on that day, I remember how quiet the Ochsner Clinic had become. Very little was being said, I suppose in an attempt to limit the nervousness inherent in such an endeavor. We had successfully completed our canine research and were presented with an opportunity to use the device on a 17 year old female that was refusing surgery. I remember the rigors of the approval process, however today, I marvel at how easy it really was.


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Cite this article as: King TD. 40 Years of Device Closure: Reflections from a Country Doctor. Structural Heart Disease 2015;1(1):3-4. DOI: 10.12945/j.jshd.2015.00101-14

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