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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Patent Foramen Ovale

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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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Foramen Ovale (Definition)

Foramen ovale is one of the physiological shunts in the fetal heart between right and left atrium. It closes shortly after newborn period, when systemic blood pressure rises and takes over the pulmonary pressure and aorta begins to supply the majority of the body with the more oxygenated blood from the left ventricle, in contrast to the fetal circulation, where main blood supply ...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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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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Till what age can someone with patent foramen ovale live?

Long life: A patent foramen ovale is very common, and usually it is not known. Typically you would expect a normal life span, unless it is a contributing factor in other health problems, such as a stroke. ...Read more

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How do you treat patent ductus arteriosus?

How do you treat patent ductus arteriosus?

Depends: In premature infants it is usually closed with medication (indomethacin). In the uncommon premature infant in which it does not work surgical ligation is required. Most pdas that are diagnosed in otherwise healthy children are closed with a catheter based device when they are over 2 years old. ...Read more

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Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Usually: Both the foramen ovale and the ductus arteriosus normally close shortly after birth. If the ductus arteriosus does not close, doctors can use medications or other techniques to close it. The foramen ovale is not always closed as long as the patient is not experiencing any problems. ...Read more

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Does patent foramen ovale cause right ventricular hypertrophy? If so why?

Does patent foramen ovale cause right ventricular hypertrophy? If so why?

ASD=RV volume load: This may be a matter of semantics/terminology. Sometimes, patients with an atrial septal defect (ASD) are labeled as having a patent foramen ovale, as both lesions occur in the same spot. If there is an asd, there can be sufficient left-to-right shunting at the atrial level, resulting in rv volume overload, rv enlargement and rv hypertrophy. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

Similar: An ostium secundum atrial septal defect and a patent foramen ovale are both "holes" in the same place in the atrial septum, which is the wall between the right and left atria. Everyone has a different definition. In infancy, many will call a hole less than 3 or 4 mm in diameter a pfo as they almost all go on to close without treatment. Some call all defects with flow from la to RA an asd. ...Read more

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Do foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis close after birth?

Do foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis close after birth?

Yes: They typically close immediately after birth. If not, your doctor may have to give the child medicine to close it, or surgery, depending on the problem and whether it works or now. ...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?

When do you close a patent foramen ovale?

Symptoms: When the patent for amen ovale causes symptoms of respiratory effort, shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, etc. ...Read more

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How do you treat a patent ductus arteriosus and tricuspid valve leak?

How do you treat a patent ductus arteriosus and tricuspid valve leak?

PDA: Treatment for the patent ductus arteriosus is closure of the ductus, this can be done in a variety of ways including meds, surgery and embolization. Usually the closure of the ductus will minimize the tricuspid valve leak so no other treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Can having a patent foramen ovale cause permanent damage to the heart?

Can having a patent foramen ovale cause permanent damage to the heart?

No: A patent foramen oval is present in up to 1/3 of the population. Their presence does not cause damage to the heart. ...Read more

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How do?You ?Treat patent ductus arteriosus?

Device closure: Pdas can almost always be closed in the catheterization laboratory using a small metal coil or device that can be placed with a catheter placed in the vein or artery in the groin rather than a surgery. In premature infants, it can often be closed with a medication. If this fails, surgery is most often done since they are too small for catheter-based methods. Soon there may be smaller systems. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat patent ductus arteriosus?

It depends: In newborns, closure of a patent ductus arteriosus may be achieved through medications (such as Indomethacin or ibuprofen) or by surgical ligation and division. In older children or adults, ductal closure is usually performed by a catheter-based approach, or surgical ligation and division. All of these therapies are generally safe, but all have certain risks associated with them. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

Different: Patent foramen ovale is a temporary natural opening between two atria that allows fetal circulation to occur. Once born it closes spontaneously. An atrial septal defect is an abnormal opening between two atria that occurs due to incomplete formation of the atrial wall. It does not close spontaneously usually and may need surgery if it causes significant flow issues. ...Read more

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How can incomplete closure of the ductus arteriosus or foramen ovale affect my blood oxygen levels?

How can incomplete closure of the ductus arteriosus or foramen ovale affect my blood oxygen levels?

Variable: This depends largely on the size of the ductus arteriosus (pda) and the chronicity of the condition. At birth, if there is delayed closure of the pda, there should be no affect on oxygen levels. If the PDA is large, and long-standing, pulmonary vascular disease can develop (eisenmenger syndrome) resulting in decreased pulmonary blood flow and lower blood oxygen levels. This rarely occurs. ...Read more

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How expensive is the patent ductus arteriosus repair?

How expensive is the patent ductus arteriosus repair?

Widely variable: The cost of PDA repair is widely variable both by location of where in the US it is done and the procedure performed (surgery vs. catheter). Most are now done by catheter with no incision and less than a one day stay. This is a great (and fair) question to ask your doctor's office/hospital where this will be done. In these days of managed care, I believe its best to know what you are getting into. ...Read more

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Can a patent ductus arteriosus cause you to have a?Heart murmur?

Yes: Yes, it usually does cause a murmur unless it is really tiny. If it can be heard, it should probably be closed by catheter-based methods. ...Read more

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What does small patent foramen ovale with noted bidirectional shunt mean?

PFO: The patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a small communication between the right and left upper chambers of your heart. It is needed for oxygenation when you're fetus. Sometimes it doesn't close. It is thought to be present in ~20 to 30% of the population. The shunt means they can see the passage of blood through it. This small hole is inconsequential and USUALLY requires no further testing or treatment. ...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