Thanks for the info. I'm feeling great. They've got me on blood thinners for 6 months. I don't have any discomfort as of yet. Hopefully your a fib is done with and you're back on the road to recovery. Thanks again
Post Edited (MigrainesForLife) : 5/5/2008 1:54:12 PM (GMT-6)
cattledog- sorry to hear all that you have been through. I to had a PFO closure after multiple strokes ( at 35 years old) at the same time that left me without feeling in my arms, speechless and memory loss that has since resolved ( thank God) All that we have gone through has made us anxious with good reason, but your doctors should never not answer your calls or make you feel your not getting the answers you deserve!. My recovery was complicated and I spent 5 days in hospital, but I never had any pain around my heart. It is normal for the first few days to experience heart flutters as the device gets adjusted. My heart rate was also elevated, but resolved after a few days. Some people on this blog have been treated with a beta blocker for this? The only pain I had was in my legs from the surgery and weakness ( I had a bleed after the cath.) I can say that it took me about 2.5 mos to feel my normal self, but no pain.
I was told to not lift anything more than a gallon of milk for 8 weeks, do not do any thing that would cause you to strain alot, and light exersize such as walking only. I am taking 81 mg of asprin , plavix and a statin ( cholesterol med). Was told to take plavix x 6 mos or until the bubble test indicated the PFO was closed all others for life & asprin would be bumped up to 325mg at that time. I think you need to address these issues sooner than your appt with your cardiologist, if you are have pain and funny heart stuff or atleast tell your primary and get an ekg. I am a nurse, so I do have some clinical background, but your doctor knows you best. If you don't feel right you need to find the answers for you and your family. Good luck! Let me know how you make out.
P.S. was your PFO closed with a device? if so what type?
Cattledog - I'm glad to hear you are going sooner. Make sure you are heard! It takes time to heal emotionally & physicaly. I could not have even have imagined going to work, especially in construction just after 2 weeks. I'm glad you listened to your body and did'nt push yourself. By the way, did your bubble study indicate that your PFO had closed completley? It has been 6 mos for me and it is still not closed all the way. Good luck Saturday.
S2k- Have you seen your surgent yet? What did he/she say they would reccomend you do with regard to the PFO still not being closed?
RF1, I haven't had any bubble tests since the procedure. I think they did one during the procedure (before & after the installation), and I believe I recall them saying that there were positive results, but I was under the assumption that they would do another bubble check down the road.