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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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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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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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Would asd and PFO cause right atrial and ventricular hypertrophy? If so why?

Enlargement: ASD causes enlargement of the right side of the heart. Not hypertrophy unless it (rarely) has led to pulmonary hypertension. Pfo is not a disease. Almost 20% of healthy people have it. ...Read more

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Why didn't th 3 heart catheterizations I have has find the asd or.Pfo recently found on an echocardiogram?

CATH: Depends on the nature of the test. If all you had was a left heart procedure and coronary angiography, those tests would not show threads or pfo. ...Read more

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Does atrial septal defect differ from pfo? How does it differ? My cardiologist suspected that I have asd/pfo. I think he's not sure.

Pfo vs Asd: Pfos are very common in the general population in fact as high as 30 per cent in your age group . An ASD is a somewhat different entity where there is a larger communication between the 2 upper chambers of the heart . Pfo generally require no treatment ASD s at times need repair or closure depending on the size. ...Read more

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Is an intra atrial septal aneurysm along with an ASD or Pfo dangerous? Can this aneurysm rupture?

No not rutpure, but: Aneurysmal interatrial septum refers to the 1cm billowing of the interatrial septum around a vertical axis. The risk with a PFO or ASD, is that of thromboembolism and potential stroke. Refer to research work by S. Homma from Columbia University, NY who initially suggested a link between cryptogenic stroke and PFO. Consider antiplatet therapy, before closure device, if possible. ...Read more