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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Davis
39 years experience Vascular Surgery
Zero to bad!: 25% of us have a pfo and obviously most of us do fine. However i operated on a young lady yesterday (for a related condition) who was in severe conge ... Read More
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
PFO: Not usually life threatening but if a paradoxical embolus causes a stroke it can be.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
57 years experience Endocrinology
Strike PFO: Only you and your Dr can make this decision. Weigh risks and benefits with them and decide. You may want to go to uptodate.com and read more.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Scott
39 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
No: Pfo stands for patent (or open) foramen ovale. The foramen ovale usually closes shortly after birth. If it remains open beyond this time, it does not ... Read More
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Dr. Diana Metzger
30 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Everyone has a patent foramen ovale when in their mother's womb. It closes on its own shortly after birth or as a child grows. This happens about 99 ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Percutaneously: It can be done without surgery using a special catheter called an "amplatzer occluder".
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Callahan
29 years experience Cardiology
PFO: Sometimes is the best answer that i can give now. If there is significant flow across the pfo then it should be closed, or if there has been evidence ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Patent foramen ovale: A patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a common type of atrial septal defect, which means there is a small hole in the wall separating the right atrium from ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Usually ignored: This is considered an innocent variation in the formation of the heart that is compatible with a normal lifespan without heart problems & requires no ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Scott
39 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Unclear: A PFO can be detected in patients with migraines more often than in the general population; however, there is not conclusive evidence to show that the ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
Close hole in heart: There is a connection between the left and right sides of the heart before you are born which normally closes at birth. Sometimes it does not close. I ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fuad Kiblawi
28 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Echo: Only way to know is by echocardiogram. Sometimes, especially in adults, an injection of agitated saline during the echo may be necessary. Also, if im ... Read More
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