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Can having a patent foramen ovale cause permanent damage to the heart?
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: No
A patent foramen oval is present in up to 1/3 of the population.
Their presence does not cause damage to the heart.

In brief: No
A patent foramen oval is present in up to 1/3 of the population.
Their presence does not cause damage to the heart.
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: It is permanent
Damage. A patent foramen ovale is permanent damage to the heart due to developmental issues.
It also makes it possible for a person to have an unusual complication of embolism, namely, paradoxical embolism; i.e., venous embolus can cross over to the arterial side.

In brief: It is permanent
Damage. A patent foramen ovale is permanent damage to the heart due to developmental issues.
It also makes it possible for a person to have an unusual complication of embolism, namely, paradoxical embolism; i.e., venous embolus can cross over to the arterial side.
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