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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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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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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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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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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)?

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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