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What is a foramen ovale?

What is a foramen ovale?

Normal hole: A foramen ovale is a normal opening between the upper chambers of the heart. It is present in every normal fetus to allow blood with oxygen to get from the placenta to where it needs to go in the fetus's body. This opening usually closes after birth, but is present in about 20% of all adults. It has been associated with some forms of stroke, migraine headaches, and decompression illness. ...Read more

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What is the foramen ovale?

What is the foramen ovale?

Porthole in atria: Everyone has a patent foramen ovale that is closed by a flap of tissue that keeps blood from flowing from one atria to the other. Sometimes it stays open a little longer than average and allows some blood to circulate right to left or vice versa depending upon other clinical conditions. The foramen usually closes w/o any intervention. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: foramen ovale?

A normal structure..: ...In newborns, it allows proper circulation in the fetus by shunting blood coming from the mother's placenta to the left side of the baby's heart, which is pumped immediately out to the body. Nearly all infants have this structure still open when they are born, which usually close within weeks to months after birth. A small percentage of adults still can have an open foramen ovale, however. ...Read more

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Foramen ovale does not close - what are the consequences?

Usually nothing: 20-25% of all adults have pfo. Most live thier entire lives without problems related to the pfo. Some people have strokes that are thought to be related to pfo, and it has also been associated with migraine headahces and decompression illness in scuba divers. There is no evidence to indicate that pfo should be treated unless a person has problems thought to be directly related to the pfo. ...Read more

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Foramen ovale does not seal - what are the results of this?

Foramen ovale does not seal - what are the results of this?

Normal: Probably about 20% of adults have a probe patent foramen ovale (pfo.) in the great majority of these people it appears that there are no consequences. Pfo has been implicated in causation of strokes or migraine headaches in some patients, but the data on this is conflicting, and the best treatment, if this is occurring, is unclear. Pfo without symptoms does not require special care. ...Read more

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Foramen ovale does not seal - what are the consequences for baby?

Likely nothing: Following birth there are changes in the heart and blood vessels. The ductus arteriosis which shunts blood away from the lungs, closes, as does the ductus venosis, the foramen ovale which is a normal hole in the upper chambers of the heart which sends oxygenated blood returning from the placenta also closes, but this happens over time as it functions as a valve. Rarely these have to be closed. ...Read more

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Whats a patent foramen ovale?

Whats a patent foramen ovale?

Small heart opening: It is an opening in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart that allows blood from the placenta to get to where it needs to go during fetal life. All babies are born with this. It usually closes after birth, but 20% of all adults still have this. It is normal, though it has been associated with stroke, migraine headach, and decompression illness in scuba divers. ...Read more

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What is a patent foramen ovale?

A hole in the heart: A patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a necessary hole between two upper chambers of the heart. This hole allows fetal blood circulation to occurr. Once the baby is born, circulation changes, the hole closes to allow normal post natal human circulatuin pathway. It remains open in a small number of patients and is usually asymptomatic. ...Read more

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How to correct patent foramen ovale?

How to correct patent foramen ovale?

Depends . . .: Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/patent-foramen-ovale/ds00728/dsection=treatments-and-drugs for some basic ideas. Then chat w/your cardiologist to find out what's done in australia. ...Read more

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How common is a patent foramen ovale?

How common is a patent foramen ovale?

Common: All infants have a patent foramen ovale (pfo) as a fetus. This allows the fetal circulation to flow. Once born the pfo will close as the concentratiojn of oxygen in the blood rises. In a small percentage of infants the pfo may persist. Figures on this occurrence vary from 10-15%. Rarely is any treatment required unless the blood flow is severely affected. Most close within 1-2 years of birth. ...Read more

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When do you close a patent foramen ovale?

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. ...Read more

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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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Please list patent foramen ovale symptoms?

Please list patent foramen ovale symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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How do you repair a patent ?Foramen ovale?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for patent foramen ovale?

What are the tests for patent foramen ovale?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of patent foramen ovale?

Usually none: Most pfo's are asymptomatic. In rare instances of clot formation, it can cross from venous to arterial side and cause stroke. ...Read more

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Can i excercise if I have a patent foramen ovale?

Yes: The majority of patients with a patent foramen ovale are asymptomatic and do not even know they have a pfo and live normal healthy lives. ...Read more

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Does a probe-patnet foramen ovale give ches pain?

Does a probe-patnet foramen ovale give ches pain?

No: A patent foramen ovale (probe-patent or otherwise) should be clinically silent, with no signs or symptoms. Present in about 10% of the general population, it certainly should not produce chest pain. ...Read more

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How serious a condition is a patent foramen ovale?

Mostly benign: This is a small window between the upper heart chambers that is usually blocked off after birth.When baby starts to breathe, the circulation changes, increasing pressure that closes a flap over this window.It can still open if pressures in the upper chambers allow it. Very rarely, a person can pass a clot though that point and trigger a stroke.For most of us, it is of no functional importance. ...Read more

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