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How serious a condition is a patent foramen ovale?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Mostly benign

This is a small window between the upper heart chambers that is usually blocked off after birth.
When baby starts to breathe, the circulation changes, increasing pressure that closes a flap over this window.It can still open if pressures in the upper chambers allow it. Very rarely, a person can pass a clot though that point and trigger a stroke.For most of us, it is of no functional importance.

In brief: Mostly benign

This is a small window between the upper heart chambers that is usually blocked off after birth.
When baby starts to breathe, the circulation changes, increasing pressure that closes a flap over this window.It can still open if pressures in the upper chambers allow it. Very rarely, a person can pass a clot though that point and trigger a stroke.For most of us, it is of no functional importance.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Not

Most patients with pfo are totally unaware of it's presence.

In brief: Not

Most patients with pfo are totally unaware of it's presence.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
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