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When do you close a patent foramen ovale?

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Dr. Ron Jones
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.
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Significant symptoms: Patients need to have experienced recurrent neurologic events despite warfarin anticoagulation or have a significant shunt causing heart failure symptoms.
Dr. Joshua Liberman
Cardiology 21 years experience
Infrequently: At this point in time, there is no guideline-recommended indication for closure. There are currently clinical trials exploring this issue, and patients could be enrolled in these trials. But otherwise it is not an approved procedure anymore.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Symptoms: When the patent for amen ovale causes symptoms of respiratory effort, shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, etc.

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A 46-year-old female asked:

How to correct patent foramen ovale?

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 20 years experience
Usually nothing: A pfo is a remnant of the fetal circulation--everyone is born with this small flap in the wall between the 2 upper heart chambers. For most people this flap eventually fuses shut, but for some it never closes. 10-20% of people are walking around with a pfo and need no treatment or intervention. In the rare cases where it needs to be closed, a catheterization procedure can close it w/o surgery.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for patent foramen ovale?

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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Echocardiogram: An ultrasound of the heart, called an echocardiogram, can detect patent foramen ovale - which, incidentally, is present in about a fourth of normal hearts and not always a cause for concern.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of patent foramen ovale?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Mostly asymptomatic: A patent foramen ovale is a common developmental anomaly and is usually asymptomatic, if there are no other cardiac abnormalities. It does predispose the person to an uncommon event called paradoxical embolism where a venous embolus crosses over to the arterial side.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for patent foramen ovale?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Options: There are different options available for the closure of a patent foramen ovale. In some patients, no treatment is necessary so long as there are no associated troubles. Those requiring closure have options that can include surgery or more commonly a percutaneous closure. This involves a cardiac catheterization to assess the size of the hole and then placement of a device to close the hole.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do you repair a patent ?Foramen ovale?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Surgery: Most patent foramen ovales (pfo) do not have to be repaired. However if repair is indicated due to failure or respiratory issues, it would require open median sternotomy and probably 5-6 days in the hospital. This of course depends on the age of the patient.

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