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I have a pfo and recently had a tia. i have normal blood pressure and weight and run regularly. i am male and 60 years old. would you close the pfo.

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Dr. Miguel Salazar
Cardiac Electrophysiology 17 years experience
No: there is mixed data on the subject. If you have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack then you could consider it. Closing the pfo entails leaving an umbrella like device in the inter atrial septum. It's an invasive procedure with its inherent risks. Talk to your cardiologist about your particular case and get a second opinion if any doubts remain.

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Last updated Oct 11, 2018

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