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A 29-year-old member asked:

how is pfo (patent foramen ovale) treated?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 intervention.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Depends : A lot depends on the size of the pfo and whether there are symptoms. Most pfo's are asymptomatic and do not affect one's quality of life.
Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
PFO: Patent foramen ovale or pfo is a congenital remnant which normally closes at birth but for several reasons can open later in life. Blood or clots can travel across and if they do, the opening should be closed. It can be closed either surgically or by a catheter based procedure.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long can I live with a patent foramen ovale if it was never corrected?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
A normal duration: The presence of a patent foramen ovale has not been shown to affect life expectancy in the general population.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the procedure for fixing a patent foramen ovale?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Catheter based: A PFO is usually repaired with a heart catheterization. An occluding device is delivered with a catheter from the leg and placed in the pfo. Closure is usually 100% effective.
A 36-year-old member asked:

When do you close a patent foramen ovale?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
Family Medicine 45 years experience
If having symptoms: Condition very common. Usually closure only if having symptoms especially symptoms of stroke or what is called TIA which is a lack of oxygen to the brain. This would mean the defect is causing clots. Probably not even closure then if you can take blood thinners. If there is some reason blood thinners cannot be taken then that is when closure done. New methods do not require opening chest. Drj.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Till what age can someone with patent foramen ovale live?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Normal: A person with a patent foramen ovale can live a normal life unless there are associated heart defects.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Please list patent foramen ovale symptoms?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Thompson
Pediatric Cardiology 27 years experience
Usually none: About 20% of all adults have pfo. Most people never have symptoms. Pagtent foramen ovale has been associated with cryptogenic stroke (a stroke thought to come from a small clot passing across the pfo from the right side of the heart to the left), migraine headaches, and decompression illness in scuba divers.

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