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Does atrial septal defect differ from pfo? How does it differ? My cardiologist suspected that I have asd/pfo. I think he's not sure.

Does atrial septal defect differ from pfo? How does it differ? My cardiologist suspected that I have asd/pfo. I think he's not sure.

Pfo vs Asd: Pfos are very common in the general population in fact as high as 30 per cent in your age group . An ASD is a somewhat different entity where there is a larger communication between the 2 upper chambers of the heart . Pfo generally require no treatment ASD s at times need repair or closure depending on the size. ...Read more

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Patent Foramen Ovale (Definition)

Hole or communication between right and left atria, the upper heart chambers. The hole is open during fetal circulation and closes after birth. If it remains open it is termed a patent foramen ovale. Symptoms ...Read more


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Is a PFO the same as atrial septal defect? Echo states abnormal shunt suggestive small atrial septal defect.What does suggestive mean is it def small?

ASD: A pfo is also an asd. Small ASD is usually fairly easy to tell on echo. Suggestive readings generally are subtle findings. Ask the doctor what the test means, without seeing it, we can't be sure. ...Read more

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What is different between PFO and ostium secundum atrial septal defect?

What is different between PFO and ostium secundum atrial septal defect?

Size & Location: A pfo is the persistence of a normal fetal communication between the top two chambers of the heart. A secundum ASD is an abnormal hole in the atrial septum. They vary in size though, so treatments vary. ...Read more

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Is an intra atrial septal aneurysm along with an ASD or Pfo dangerous? Can this aneurysm rupture?

No not rutpure, but: Aneurysmal interatrial septum refers to the 1cm billowing of the interatrial septum around a vertical axis. The risk with a PFO or ASD, is that of thromboembolism and potential stroke. Refer to research work by S. Homma from Columbia University, NY who initially suggested a link between cryptogenic stroke and PFO. Consider antiplatet therapy, before closure device, if possible. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with atrial septal aneurysm and now know there is a PFO after having a bubble study done only a few bubbles seen. Should I worry?

Possibly: You maybe at increased risk of stroke. Patients who develop strokes of unknown cause (cryptogenic) have a high probability of having a pfo/aneurysm. Stroke prevention may include medications such as aspirin plavix (clopidogrel) or warfarin. Consultation with a cardiologist who can visualize your echo films or possibly do a TEE can guide you further. ...Read more

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Can my cardio determine the size of my Atrial Septal Aneurysm from a regular echo? Doing bubble study to rule out PFO. He says no need for TEE. :-/

Echo for PFO: An echo is done with the ultrasound probe on the chest wall. The quality of the image depends on the "window" between your ribs. It is usually not easy to see the atrial septum well. Transesophageal echo (TEE) with the probe in the esophagus gives much more detailed images. One question, though, is whether TEE would change anything about plans for your treatment. Send me more details? ...Read more

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Whats the dangers of having gallbladder removed and liver biopsy if I have PFO and intra atrial septal anuerysm?

Air in intravenous: You are having a gallbladder removal and liver biopsy. You have a patent foramen ovale (pfo). You biggest risk for the pfo during surgery is an air embolism traveling from the right side to the left side of the body. Talk to your anasthesiologist. He/she will take extra precautions to prevent this. Care also when insufflating the abdomen. ...Read more

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After echo and stress test I was diagnosed with atrial septal aneurysm and small pfo. Dr doesn't want to treat. I'm so scared, am I at risk? 28yo F

After echo and stress test I was diagnosed with atrial septal aneurysm and small pfo. Dr doesn't want to treat. I'm so scared, am I at risk? 28yo F

These: findings are very common and if it were not for our advances in cardiac imaging you WOULD NEVER HAVE FOUND OUT about them. You Doctor does not want to treat and he/she is 100% CORRECT! so STOP WORRYING! Sincerely hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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On 81mg aspirin after PFO and atrial septal aneurysm diagnosis. Is coated or un coated better? Am I still at risk while on this? So tired of worrying.

On 81mg aspirin after PFO and atrial septal aneurysm diagnosis. Is coated or un coated better? Am I still at risk while on this? So tired of worrying.

Pfo: It really does not matter whether a coated or uncoated aspirin is used. The aspirin is used for prevention in low risk patients and you should ask the prescribing physician why he is using this form of prevention ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a small PFO and atrial septal aneurysm. My heart is racing and palpitating since. Could I have a stroke or heart attack? Scared!!

I was diagnosed with a small PFO and atrial septal aneurysm. My heart is racing and palpitating since. Could I have a stroke or heart attack? Scared!!

With a PFO and: atrial aneurysm there is the potential for a paradoxical stroke or heart attack but the odds are extremely small. You've had this your whole life and made it 28 years without issue so it is unlikely to occur immediately upon diagnosis. Your health care providers will manage this appropriately and in a timely fashion. ...Read more