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How life threatening is having a pfo?

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Dr. William Davis
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Davis
Dr. William Davis
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: PFO

Not usually life threatening but if a paradoxical embolus causes a stroke it can be.

In brief: PFO

Not usually life threatening but if a paradoxical embolus causes a stroke it can be.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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