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Does a PFO ever fix itself on its own?

Does a PFO ever fix itself on its own?

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% of the time, but there is around 1% of the population who have persistent pfo. Most of these have no sequellae. ...Read more

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Dr. Donna Wilkins
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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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How long does it take to repair a pfo?

Few hours: Depending on many factors, the surgery probably take 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between PFO and pda?

What is the difference between PFO and pda?

Very different: Pfo is a patent forman ovale, a persistent opening between the two upper chambers of the heart that usually closes shortly after birth. Pda is a persistent connection. Between the aorta and pulmonary artery which also closes shortly after birth. These changes facilitate the transition from intrauterine life to extra uterine life. ...Read more

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What is the surgery to close a pfo?

PFO: There are open heart procedures to patch the hole in the atrial wall as well as transcatheter procedures to close the hole. ...Read more

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Should a pfo/asd be closed in adult?

Should a pfo/asd be closed in adult?

Asd yes pfo maybe: Significantly large (meaning that the right heart is enlarged) ASD needs to be closed. Pfo is noted in up to 20 % of the population. It has no relevance. There may be (data is weak) an association of pfo with stroke. Currently the american society of neurology recommends closure only after first recurrence of a stroke. Very controversial topic. ...Read more

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How life threatening is having a pfo?

How life threatening is having a pfo?

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 congestive heart failure, mostly resolved by closing her pfo. Closure (if deemed necessary by a cardiologist) can often be achieved with catheter-based technology (amplatzer plug) rather than open-heart surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

What does it mean if the echo showed pfo?

Patent foramen ovale: This is a congenital opening between the right and left atria of the heart. It normally closes at birth, but stay open in some patients and may need to be closed with a device by a cardiologist or closed surgically by a cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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How is PFO (patent foramen ovale) treated?

How is PFO (patent foramen ovale) treated?

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. ...Read more

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Are migraines and a prior PFO related in a child?

Are migraines and a prior PFO related in a child?

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 presence of the PFO causes migraines or that closure of the PFO will relieve migraines. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a PFO closure procedure?

What does it meant to have a PFO closure procedure?

Closing a hole : A PFO is a hole in the heart that is nessecery during the fetal circulation, that closes sortly after we are born. In some people it remains open and can cause serious problems. The opening is closed most commonly by a cardiologist with out the need of surgery. In some situations an operation ( open heart surgery) is needed to close the hole. It is a very safe proceedure in experienced hands. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a pfo(patent foramen ovale)?

How do I know if I have a pfo(patent foramen ovale)?

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 image quality is limited, which is usually the case in adults, a transesophageal echo (echo done through introducing the probe into the esophagus) is necessary to look for a patent foramen ovale (pfo). ...Read more

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What is the difference between PFO and PDA in a baby?

What is the difference between PFO and PDA in a baby?

Location: The pfo is a hole between the upper heart chambers that likely has a flap cover it in most cases but it can be plied open. The PDA is a bypass circuit that allows the fetal blood to bypass the lungs until air breathing starts. It is physically located above & to the left of the heart & joins two main heart vessels. ...Read more

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What issues are possible for adults following PFO closure?

What issues are possible for adults following PFO closure?

Not common.see below: Major periprocedural complications (i.e. Death, hemorrhage requiring blood transfusion, cardiac tamponade, need for surgical intervention, and fatal pulmonary emboli) occurred in 1.5% of patients, and minor complications (bleeding not requiring transfusion, transient atrial arrhythmias, device embolization with successful catheter retrieval, device arm fracture, air embolism with st elev. Avfistul. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a child has a PFO (patent foramen ovale), what to do?

Can you tell me if a child has a PFO (patent foramen ovale), what to do?

Nothing: A pfo is a small opening in the wall between the upper chambers (atria) of the heart. It is present in everyone at birth and closes in about 80% of people by one year of life. So it is present in about 20% of "normal" people. In general, no intervention is required and it causes no symptoms. ...Read more

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Should i be cautious with a pfo? Is it dangerous n can I i ask the dct to close it or it has to be reccomended? Pros n cons of the pfo?

Should i be cautious with a pfo?  Is it dangerous n can I i ask the dct to close it or it has to be reccomended? Pros n cons of the pfo?

Yes: You should speak with your primary care physician and a cardiologist to gauge how severe the pfo is currently. Together they can design a safe exercise program for you. ...Read more

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Can a PFO that previously had no effect on me suddenly start to cause issues (migraines)? Is there a chance it could have gotten bigger?

Can a PFO that previously had no effect on me suddenly start to cause issues (migraines)? Is there a chance it could have gotten bigger?

No: There are no definite evidence that it causes pain migraine now over a period of time it is possible that are you can get bigger because there is a high pressure on the left sidethere is even a controversy as to the closure of foremen can prevent strokes ...Read more

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Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Yes and no: Yes its an exclusionary diagnosis. No real good evidence that closure is beneficial. A recent study published in new england journal of med. Noted no real benefits. ...Read more

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Greeting's. I was wondering after living with beh'cet's syndrome for over 15 years and now having hypoxia ? Related to pfo, would repair b worth it?

Possibly: This isn't easy to answer since there are other considerations. Is the pfo related to pulmonary hypertension? Do you have other reasons to be hypoxic? There certainly can be good reasons to fix a pfo, but you should discuss this with your doctors and even get a second opinion so you can feel confident you're making a good decision. ...Read more

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Doctors are PFO and pph related? What are they?

Doctors are PFO and pph related? What are they?

No: Pfo stands for patent foraman ovale or a small opening in the intra atrial septum. Pph stands for primary pulmonary hypertension. These two entities are not related. ...Read more

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