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What is a foramen ovale?
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Dr. James Thompson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Thompson
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