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Has anyone treated a child with the heart condition PFO (patent forearm ovale)?

Has anyone treated a child with the heart condition PFO (patent forearm ovale)?

Everybody has one: The patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a structure all of us have that allows blood circulation to bypass the lungs before birth.After birth, the rise in blood oxygen content from air breathing triggers a gradual closing of the fo.In premi's, it is more likely to remain open & sometimes meds can trigger closure the first wk or so.Persisting fo's can be tied off surgically or closed through a catheter. ...Read more

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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If my daughter has a pfo, is it likely that she has other problems in the heart?

Likely Not But: Probably not as I am assuming she was diagnosed with a pfo on an echocardiogram. Pfos are extremely common and not necessarily related to other heart disease. But please confirm this with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about how to deal with a child with the heart condition PFO (patent forearm ovale)?

Can you tell me about how to deal with a child with the heart condition PFO (patent forearm ovale)?

Nothing special: In newborns and infants, the finding of a patent foramen ovale (pfo) is of no consequence. Before birth, a pfo is a necessary part of the normal circulation. After birth, the pfo can still be seen, sometimes for months. The most common time a pfo is detected is when an echocardiogram is performed in evaluation of a murmur and the pfo is seen. However, the pfo is not the cause of the murmur. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a PFO heart defect closed?

Has anyone had a PFO heart defect closed?

Everybody has one: The patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a structure all of us have that allows blood circulation to bypass the lungs before birth.After birth, the rise in blood oxygen content from air breathing triggers a gradual closing of the fo.In premi's, it is more likely to remain open & sometimes meds can trigger closure the first wk or so.Persisting fo's can be tied off surgically or closed through a catheter. ...Read more

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I need to get my gallbladder removed, but I have a PFO heart conditon. Will it be okay?

Yes: You should be ok for surgery. I would see your cardiologist before surgery and be sure to notify the anesthesiologist about your condition prior to surgery so that they can monitor your heart closely during and after surgery. ...Read more

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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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Does a PFO (patent foramen ovale) ever cause a heart murmur ?

NO: A pfo is a small communication between the two upper chambers of the heart and usually it does not cause a murmur. Now if the hole is bigger it may be an atrial septal defect (ASD) which would cause a murmur. So unless it's an ASD and erroneously called a pfo, it should not cause a murmur. ...Read more

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Is a PFO closure a structural heart defect in relation to Flecainide?

Is a PFO closure a structural heart defect in relation to Flecainide?

Patent foramen ovale: This is usually a defect you are born with, sometimes it does not show up until later in life when patient has a stroke or other problem. It would not be caused by flecainide. ...Read more

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At which age does heart failure occur for a person whom has an undetected asd and pfo?

At which age does heart failure occur for a person whom has an undetected asd and pfo?

Increases with age: "heart failure" is defined as heart disease that creates an inability to meet the bodies demands for oxygen. In asd, there are multiple factors that can contribute to this. In isolated asd, this is extremely rare in the first ten years of life, but by age 40, in one degree or another, exists in the majority of patients with large asd. Pfo (and small asds) do not cause heart failure. ...Read more

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