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Pfo septic defect, would this show on a bubble test echo? Would symtoms be intermittent chest pains,intermittent raising pulses and possible tia?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Bubble test echo is

specifically designed for detecting PFO, the reason they are done.
Can a PFO allow clots from body veins to go to brain resulting in TIA/Stroke? Yes, especially if right atrial pressure is higher than left atrial pressure (opposite usual of 5 mmHg RA & 8 mmHg LA in healthier adults). However, atrial pressure also quickly changes. Chest pain, pulse issues likely=different matter, largely unrelated.

In brief: Bubble test echo is

specifically designed for detecting PFO, the reason they are done.
Can a PFO allow clots from body veins to go to brain resulting in TIA/Stroke? Yes, especially if right atrial pressure is higher than left atrial pressure (opposite usual of 5 mmHg RA & 8 mmHg LA in healthier adults). However, atrial pressure also quickly changes. Chest pain, pulse issues likely=different matter, largely unrelated.
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