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frenchanna
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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I'm 41 years old and had a 10 minutes TIA in July, when the ER discovered the PFO. I've also been suffering from migraine-headaches and "regular" headaches most of my life. I'm on 325 mg aspirin since the TIA and while the first cardiologist told me to wait and see if I have more TIAs before considering closure, the second opinion one strongly recommended it. Well, cardiologist #1 does not perform the procedure while #2 does...So, given all the skepticism and controversy about PFO closure, I'm trying to figure out if our US docs are over-killing it or if I should go ahead with it.

What do you guys think ?
Thanks :-)
Frenchanna

PFO in Arvada
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   Posted 9/16/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My stroke happened in the middle of the night (March 28, 2010). My husband heard me "gurgling and coughing" and woke me to see if I was OK. As I sat up in bed I heard(felt?) a bang/bong in my head. When I tried to get up to walk, my entire left side was paralyzed. My husband carried me to the car and rushed me to the ER where they gave me the TPA intravenously. After several catscans, ultrasounds, and MRIs, they informed me that a clot (that I didn't know I had) travelled from my right calf up through a hole in my heart (PFO that I didn't know I had) and then hit the back right side of my brain. After lying flat on my back for 24 hours (due to the TPA, a major clot buster), I was released to go home. ... To make a long story short, after having the TEE, etc., I'm now getting ready to schedule my PFO closure (next month) with the same doctor who did "Mark in Denver's" closure. After reading his update, I am optimistic and not as fearful.
 
Mark in Denver, if you're still out there: Thanks so much!
 
My lingering questions have to do with the posts I've seen regarding vertigo/dizziness, etc. prior to either stroke and/or finding out about PFOs. In the months prior to my stroke, I experienced numerous severe episodes of what was at the time diagnosed as "positional vertigo" .... Never, at any time, did any doctor (and I saw at least three), suggest any connection to stroke and/or PFO! Even now, when I pose the question if there's any connection, I get no response!
 
Prior to the stroke, I did also experience "auras" from time to time (very infrequent), sometimes followed by a slight headache. To my knowledge, I've never had a migraine (although maybe that's what those aura episodes were ...). I've also experienced heart flutters or palpitations from time to time (also infrequent).
 
Because I had none of the usual risk factors associated with stroke, I'm just trying to figure out why the stroke happened (not just for my sake at age 62, but mostly to give my kids a clue!). At the time it happened, I was in arguably the best shape in my life (cardio, yoga, and/or Pilates) every day in addition to a 2-4 walk/jog daily.
 
Anyone have any confirmed answers on the connection between vertigo/dizziness/light headedness, etc. and stroke or PFO?
 
Thanks in advance! wink
 

Shaun.is.all.fixed
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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi my name is Shaun

I'd like to start by thanking Dr Nigel Wheeldon and all his staff @ Sheffield Northern General.
I'm 32 years old and i,ve just had a PFO closer 23/9/2010 after 18 months of finding it. The op would have happened earlier but I had to have a bad tooth removed,which is a major cause of infection so if you have any doubts get em out.

The reason i'm writing this blog is to try and let people know not every case is bad. Previous to my Op i've been living my life as normal except for taking regular 75mg asprin daily, I have been training twice a week and playing rugby league every Saturday, only with the odd flutter now and again, 60% of it was in my head anyway!

I have been out of hospital for 3 days now and apart from the strange feeling in my chest which I put down to it being fixed (beating normal) and the big black bruising on my groin and slight limp due to sliffness I feel ready to go back to work, I know I shouldn't.

I undersatnd that everyone has different cases and other complications, but I advise you not to listen to all the horror stories you read and hear, my hole was the size of a 2 pence peice and I am recovering fine, if I had read some of the stories on here I would probably not have turned up at the hospital.

Don't worry your in good hands! The doctors know what their doing.

PFOtoo
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   Posted 10/3/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a question for those who have had PFO closure due to stroke(s). Have you had a stroke or TIA since having it closed? If you had migraines with aura prior to closure, do you still get them?

war eagle
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   Posted 11/3/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Had a PFO Closure in 2009. Wondering what drugs others might still be taking after their closure?

arewethereyet
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   Posted Today 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
On June 15th I had a TIA. Suddenly could not speak. Went to the ER.........ended up in the perfect hospital that specialized in strokes.
 
They did a bubble echo which showed a PFO. Next day they did a endo which showed a ASD and surgery was preformed to place an occluder.
 
I have had migraines with aura since 13 yrs old or so, I am 49 now. They decreased in nature when I went thru early mentalpause (lol menapause) and I would only get aura, last an hour............but still bad to get in the middle of grocery shopping.
 
I went 5 months migraine free after he closure. I had NO ILL EFFECTS from having the pfo closure. I found that my sesitivity to smells has also decreased....
 
Then 2 wks ago I underwent a nerve ablation on my cervical spine due to severe neck pain caused by an auto ax 3 yrs ago. I have had this procedure before, and it relieved the pain and had no side affects.
 
But this time I have been having aura migraines since the day after the ablation.........As you can imagine I wish I never had it done, even though the neck pain is gone................I will take neck pain over not being able to see with aura hitting at will.
 
I have been online trying to find a relation to migraine and radiofrequency ablation, and can find not one thread.........only that ppl have this done to get RID of the migraines.
 
I would get the PFO closure again in a heartbeat........so glad I had it fixed before a full out stroke took place.

arewethereyet
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   Posted Today 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
war eagle said...
Had a PFO Closure in 2009. Wondering what drugs others might still be taking after their closure?
 
I was on plavix 75mg for 6 months then taken off. I am still on 81mg aspirin daily. other than that the cardiologist said I am Ok and do not need any addl meds

Mr. Mellow
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   Posted 1/17/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I too had a recent PFO closure. I am having a little chest pin but my Super Surgeon said that is normal. It took about 3 weeks for my bruising and associated lumps to subside. I was most pleased with my doctor's staff and the caregivers at the hospital. Absolutely great people. I would do it again in a heartbeat (sorry).

Mine was discovered in 2008 and I was then scheduled for the closure. However, the neurosurgeon I was required to consult with, basically talked me out of the procedure, saying the risk was too great. Well, a TIA and mild heart attack later, it was completed. Hopefully a lifetime of migraines, waking up in the middle of the night with a pounding heart and chest the pain is over. I feel great and I can walk 18 holes without a heavy breath. I also think my mental health has improved as the anxiety about my heart is over.

It is amazing that after several military physicals, numerous flight physicals and work related examinations the PFO was never caught. But I also understand the ability to do so is fairly recent in the world of medicine.

I feel I am one of the lucky ones given a second chance at life.

dancetoday
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   Posted 2/17/2011 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if anyone had a PFO closure help migraine without aura?  All of the research I read was about doing it for migraine with aura.  I am 58, have not had a stroke or heart attack and am in pretty good health other than my migraines. The migraines are another story. Some months I have them more than half of the days, other months are "good" months and I only have them about 1/3 of the time.  So I started checking into the PFO issues. I went to a cardiologist, they did the bubble test, but it was "inconclusive."  I was a little disapointed that the ultrasound tech said she had an eye infection and couldn't see well so she had someone else do the IV.  It made me wonder if someone else who could see ok could have gotten a better ultrasound. They scheduled me for a TEE but I cancelled the appointment when I got something in the mail saying the co-pay would be over $600.  My neurologist said I can do it if I want to but said "I have no reason to think you have a PFO and if they find one they are going to want to close it."  SO heart surgery, even through a catheter isn't something I want to just try without just cause. So I am seeking information from people who benefitted from it who had migraine WITHOUT aura. Thanks. 

Blind Faith
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   Posted 2/26/2011 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Had a TIA six months ago and in for a PFO prodcedure tomorrow. Haven't had an episode since and never had a migraine in my life so sounds like I'm one of the more fortunate ones.

I've just one question regarding post op recovery and more specifically about how tender the groin area is left after the operation. Are you up and about quite quickly or do you hobble about for days/weeks after?

All info gratefullly received!

rrasmus1
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   Posted 3/9/2011 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Everyone:
I am happy to have found this forum on pfo closure and recovery info. On the 3rd of March, 2011, I had this proceedure. I was in the hospital for a total of 5 hours and on my way home. In the OR I was given the option of either a sedative or a local block in the groin. (right side) I chose the latter because I wanted to watch the displays which the doctor's were viewing while they were inserting the catheters. The first one, ultra sound, went in quickly. The second, the closure device, kept getting stuck. You could watch in on the x-ray. Boing, boing, it finally made it to the heart. Believe me, the only thing I felt was the pressure on the vein going around the corner towards the upper chambers of the heart. It was fasinating to watch the opening of the closure device on both sides of the wall. They were really nice to give me a copy of the x-ray view for one heart beat showing the device open and in place. Cool!
Now, the purpose of this reply. Last October, 2010, I had had pain in my upper left chest which migrated about six inches to my upper left arm. Absolutely no pressure. Just a dull pain. At first I thought it was just some muscle pain because I had exercised heavily a couple of days before. But it wasn't the same. My family MD set me up quickly for a stress test. You know, running as fast as you can on a high incline tread mill and having nuclear medicine shoved into your vein. The very next day I had numbing of the nose and mouth area and more intense left side chest pain. A week later my whole face went numb. Both times these only lasted about 45 minutes. Of course this lead to MRI's, CAT scans, ultra sound, TIA, and TEE. The TEE showed a (severe) pfo.
The chest pains move back and forth across the chest but stay mainly on the left side. I am happy that I can get up in the morning and not have an immediate pain like it was before the closure. However, it will return, slowly. Yes, the intensity varies from day to day.
Should I expect this to stay with me from now on or will it subside over time?
By the way I have had no discomfort in the groin area at all.  thanks for your time.

KMills1983
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   Posted 3/10/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
My name is Kim. I am a 27 year old mother of 2. In June of 2010, I was sitting at my desk at work experiencing some chest pains, shortness of breath, vision loss, and extreme drowsiness... along with elevated heart rate of 125. So I sent my boss an email, that for somereason she took really seriously.. all I said was " My chest hurts, I am having a hard time breathing, I want some asprin and to go home and take a nap" Within 30 seconds she and 10 others were at my desk. Fortunately for me, I work for a nursing home, and the DON checked me. Needless to say I was sent directly to the ER. I was admitted 6 hours later with swelling in my brain on the right side ( also the side my vision was blurred) I spent 2 days on the neurology floor, with heart rates soaring in the 150's +, finally they had to put me on oxygen because my O2 levels were only in the 80's.
 
At this point, I had had 3 MRI's, 2 CT scans, 2 spinal tap, and multiple blood draws! I was a living pin cushion. This was getting ridiculous. The primary physician I had at the hospital came in and explained that my EKG was normal, but he was overly concerned with how fast my heart was beating, and the low oxygen level. I was sent to ultrasound for the "bubble test" I saw the hole in my heart before the tech did. It was a 1 inch hole! Pretty massive.. how the danger was described to me was.. " you're like one of those athlete's that drop dead on the field" Less than 2 hours later I was in surgery to close the hole in my heart, at 26 years old.
 
In September of 2010, I started experiencing migraines. They started out every few days then progressed to everyday... then it lasted for 13 weeks straight. I saw a new neurologist, because quite frankly I did not care for the one at the hospital one bit. The new neurologist ran some test, I had another CT scan, and they found 2 small blood clots in the right side of my brain. SCORE!!! We found it! Now for the next 3 weeks I got 2 shots per week of blood thinners to dissolve the clots. That worked, but the blood thinners took their toll. Fortunately, my boyfriend took very good care of me during this. But even after the clots dissolved I am STILL having migraines, atleast 3 per week. I fight them and go to work everyday because I am a single mommy, and I have to do what I can.
 
So yet again, I switched to a new neruologist last week. Nothing has been done yet, all my medical records need to be sent over to his office.
 
So here are the symptoms I have now.... maybe some of you have some insight on what I can do..
 
I am having shortness of breath, tightness in my chest, chest pains, severe headaches, and elevated heart rates frequently...

rrasmus1
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   Posted 3/10/2011 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
To "Blind Faith": I hope all is well with you since your closure a few days ago. I know we are all different and we all have had different doctors who use slightly different methods for a pfo closure. Truly, the ONLY discomfort I had was removing the sticky bandage over the gauze covering the puncture holes in the groin. They could use these sticky bandages in place of Duck Tape and make a fortune!
As far as meds go, I'll be on Plavix for 3 months and 325 mg Aspirin for 6 months then no more.
I was up and about very quickly. Almost ran out of the hospital. Today, one week later, all is well except for the dull chest pains. I can live with that. All the best to you.

Blind Faith
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   Posted 3/27/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
So had the closure on Feb 28h and here's the deal.

Operation was a doddle though took longer than my consultant expected.....around 3hrs.

Zero pain in my groin area after. Felt like Superman but would have dramatic drops in energy levels.

Bruising came out 3 days later including internal bruising in my throat from endoscope hence often mentioned 'stuck chicken bone' sensation.

Went back to work 7 days later. Did an 18hr day charging around with laptop over my shoulder and put myself straight back into hospital with a tight chest and breathless that evening. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE AND TAKE IT EASY!!!

4 weeks on. Still short of breath when I overdo it and bruise very, very easily as a result of the blood thinners.

Apart from that, it's all good!

robb
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   Posted 4/12/2011 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Rob and Im 44 years old. I have had migraines with aura since I was 14. The symptoms are first the aura (flashing light show) then the numbness on left side(always) followed by vommiting. Then the headache hits within the hour followed by confusion, loss of motor skills and slurred speach(sometimes not slurred just babble). Some have been so bad my Dr. ordered MRI to see if it was actually a stroke. I have been diagnosed with PFO and I am scheduled for closure May 5th at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in OKC. I am both excited and scared to have this done. I cant imagine a life without migraines. But at the same time Its a little scary knowing I'll have this patch in my heart the rest of my life. Reading all the great info here has helped me feel better about the procedure. I will take off work 3 weeks because my job requires heavy lifting.  No working out or exercise for a month.
 
Ive read that some experience an increase in energy and overall better feeling after recovering from PFO closure. I really hope thats the case with me! I will be back after surgery to let everyone know how it goes. Wish me luck.   Rob
 
 

gardengirl
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   Posted 5/10/2011 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have just been diagnosed with PFO after a "small stroke" very different ideas from different Dr's... Freodertdt Medical is doing a study on either closure of the PFO or Medicine therapy..not sure what to do .. 46 ..history of mild migraines mild stroke on 4/21/11 very confused..going for another opinion as soon as I can get an appt. with a Dr not at the Medical College Hosp. where they are doing a study on closure or medicine therapy. All the posts have been great info ...really makes you think. I have alot of homework to do !! :) Any and all comments are welcome...this has been a very scary few weeks...never had any problem till now.

tf
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   Posted 5/15/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
had a stroke with no lingering affects in march. lots of tests found a hole in my heart. recommended to dr. sorensen in slc, ut.
more tests confirmed hole. scheduled surgery in a short two days. into hospital, surgery, overnite and home the next day by 11am. pain = 0 groin pain = 1 energy = 7 bruising = 2 this was so easy for me. had a great team work on me. dr. had a 25mm hole himself. my hole was 30mm.

me = 56yr male. active = ski, mtn bike, road bike, golf, camp, kayak, sup etc. no migrains, no other problems before stroke.

final score = very pleased with procedure and outcome so far. only been 3 days but so far so good.

phoenixmom
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   Posted 5/17/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a TIA about 8 years ago at age 43 (total numbness in my left arm and hand that lasted about 5 hours). Did all the tests, including a TEE. Everything came back normal. In October of last year, I had a significant stroke that affected my entire right side. I am still numb/heavy on my right side and some short term memory loss, but am thankful to have full use of everything. Was in the hosptial for 4 days and they repeated the TEE. Again, it showed nothing. I am very healthy and not overweight so they told me I just fall into the small % of people that a stroke occurs for no reason. I went to Mayo, in Phoenix, for another opinion. The neurologist reviewed the tests that had been done in October and didn't think the TEE showed enough, so he had it repeated. This time, the TEE showed that I did indeed have a PFO. Had a closure done this past Friday at Mayo. Other than bruising in the groin, I feel great. Be sure to get second opinions if you aren't getting any answers.

romi
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   Posted 5/26/2011 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I,m a relative of a florida patient , said pt,went thru a transhepatic closure of a pfo , in the process the surgeon lacerated the liver and patient died of internal bleeding , make sure you are in a very good institution and a very good interventional cardiologist,,,,,,good luck to all, remember they all will tell you they done it many times before ,,,!!

robb
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   Posted 6/8/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Rob. I had the PFO closure done 5-4-11 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in OKC. I felt great first couple weeks after except for 2 migraines. First one was bad! Exactly one week after surgery. Really got me depressed. The second was not as bad. After two weeks I started walking around block. Noticed I was weak, shaky and dizzy. I didnt think much about it I just thought I was just out of shape. Well went back to work three weeks after surgery. Wound up in ER with high pulse rate, sweating, dizzy, weak and felt a cramping in chest. I work at Mercy hospital so they took me right in. Ran alot of tests and said I had low blood plasma due to dehydration. My pulse was going from 60s laying down to 120s standing. Went back to work next couple days with no problems (didnt do much). Went fishing saturday and had another episode. Same symptoms as before. The guys I was with said I was as white as a sheet. My pulse rate was 135 while sitting in boat. Couldnt make it back to truck before having to vomit! My surgen has me wearing a chest monitor for next couple weeks to try to find out what is goin on. Thinks I may have developed an arrythmia from surgery? My pulse rate was over 130 on the drive in this morning. It has my family really scared. Im sure they will figure it out but I was just wondering if anyone else has had these problems? Im 45yo male that was running 6 miles a week and working out 6 days a week(migraines permitting)before the surgery. Now I cant fold laundry without my heart rate going over 120 and having to sit down. Very frustrating! Thanks Rob
 
ps Love this site. If not for this site I dont think I would have had the surgery!!

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   Posted 6/9/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Just had the PFO closure on May 20 after suffering from Migraine with aura for the past 11 years. Starting in 2005 my migraines became very severe if I was unable to stop them right at the onset, numbness in my left hand/arm, partial vision and garbled speech. When this first severe migraine occurred it actually left scarring on my brain that showed up on the MRI and I had lingering effects for months, tingling in my extremities, difficulty recalling words. After 6 months the scarring was gone and all lingering effects disappeared. I've been on Inderal for the migraines which has done a great job of controlling them over the years and I take Excedrine migraine as soon as I get the slightest feeling of a migraine coming on. Recently this began to be less effective at controlling my migraines, I had another severe migraine with stroke like symptoms in February and another in March. I've also been completely exhausted since December no matter how much sleep I got. I even found myself almost passing out while doing yoga. I saw a new neurologist who scheduled me for every test under the sun including a TEE. The neurologist thought my heart would be fine as I had no murmur or irregular beat and live a very active life, running, swimming, yoga etc. The TEE test showed I had a hole in my heart. I was pretty shocked. I saw a great cardiologist my neurologist recommended that has treated other patients of hers with the same symptoms. The cardiologist highly recommended closure of the PFO. I decided to go for it as my quality of life was extremely degraded at this point and he said the chances of having a full stroke was great.
The surgery went very well and I was home the next day. My groin area was sore the first two weeks, but feels normal now. 3-4 days after the surgery I started to get burning headaches that initially started around 10 am and lasted until 3 pm. I drank water constantly to make sure I was hydrated and slept a lot. After a week the headaches diminished and are completely gone now. At the beginning of the second week after surgery I started getting heart palpitations. I called the Dr and was told as long as I had no other symptoms this was normal as the heart heals. The palpitations have gotten less and less every day. Two weeks after the surgery I had a tremendous surge in energy and had to try to hold myself back from doing too much. I hadn't felt that good in years. Then starting this week I felt really tired again and had a dizzy spell sitting at my desk while having heart palpitations. I checked my blood pressure and it was really low. I talked to the Dr and he took me off the Inderal today. I was taking 20 mg of inderal as prescribed by my neurologist and then started 75 mg plavix and 325 mg aspirin a day following the surgery. This evidently took it's toll on my blood pressure. I'm hopeful stopping the inderal will get my BP back up and I'll feel that awesome energy level long term.
This site was extremely helpful in helping me make the decision to have the PFO closed and prepare for the procedure and recovery. I ended up taking two weeks off from work and really needed the full two weeks.

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   Posted 6/28/2011 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey... After two "mild" strokes/T I A's in three days, a echo was done. First, I didn't find out about the PFO until almost a week later when I mentioned to my primary doctor I never heard from the cardiologist. He looked at my results from the emergency room and said "oh oh". He proceeded to tell me I had a PFO and that it was probably nothing but he was going to send me to a cardiologist "just in case". By the way, the ER doctor put me on Bystolic and a children's aspirin every day. Blood pressure was 210/101 when they finally called me back to the ER. I saw the cardiologist today and he said "the hole is small and 1 out of 4 people have this condition". He put me on an additional BP medicine and told me to come back in 4 weeks. He said "his first course of action is to see if the aspirin works before he does the closure". Now is it just me or is he playing with my life? Especially since I've already had 2 TIA's. Help!!!

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   Posted 7/15/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had this done 3 days ago and I would do it again any day! This was nothing to be scared of!!! If your doctor does the TEE and it goes smoothly, I would think that the same will go for the PFO closure. Mine went off without a hitch, the only thing that happened was I sprung a leak from my groin area when they were about to let me go home. I was on Plavix and 325mg of Aspirin before the surgery so my blood was extremely thin! They just patched me up and kept me overnight and I haven't really had any pain. I have been waking up with mild headaches every day, which I am hoping will go away when the heart starts closing over the patch.

I slept pretty much straight for 2 days...but yesterday I hung around the house all day and did laundry and cleaned. I even walked my dog (and ran for a little bit). I know I probably shouldn't have but I feel so great and I just needed to use up a little energy.

Before the procedure, I never had a migraine with "aura"...just migraines several times a week. I have always complained to my doctors about being extremely fatigued..I could literally sleep anytime, anywhere. I have often taken naps in my car in between classes because I just couldn't stay awake (thank goodness for my subaru, just like a little bed back there)

Has anyone else noticed an increase of energy after the closure? And how long did it take?

sugarmagnolia548
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   Posted 7/15/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had this done 3 days ago and I would do it again any day! This was nothing to be scared of!!! If your doctor does the TEE and it goes smoothly, I would think that the same will go for the PFO closure. Mine went off without a hitch, the only thing that happened was I sprung a leak from my groin area when they were about to let me go home. I was on Plavix and 325mg of Aspirin before the surgery so my blood was extremely thin! They just patched me up and kept me overnight and I haven't really had any pain. I have been waking up with mild headaches every day, which I am hoping will go away when the heart starts closing over the patch.

I slept pretty much straight for 2 days...but yesterday I hung around the house all day and did laundry and cleaned. I even walked my dog (and ran for a little bit). I know I probably shouldn't have but I feel so great and I just needed to use up a little energy.

Before the procedure, I never had a migraine with "aura"...just migraines several times a week. I have always complained to my doctors about being extremely fatigued..I could literally sleep anytime, anywhere. I have often taken naps in my car in between classes because I just couldn't stay awake (thank goodness for my subaru, just like a little bed back there)

Has anyone else noticed an increase of energy after the closure? And how long did it take?

Mark in Denver
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   Posted 8/27/2011 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
To:  PFO in Arvada (and everyone else) -
 
I just read your post this morning.  I hope your procedure with Dr. Ruby went as well as mine.  As you may recall, I had a PFO clousure in February 2010.  I really had no issues with the procedure and a year and a half later cannot even tell that there was ever anything wrong.  I read where you had some minor heart fluttering ... I have too both before and after the procedure.  Dr. Rubinstein put me on a beta blocker that solved that problem and all is well.
 
I no longer take Plavix - only one aspirin a day.  At one year after the surgery, I had a echo cardiogram (with bubbles) and found that the PFO is completely closed now.  I am very happy for the results I got and very grateful to Dr. Rubinstein for his skills with performing the procedure and his post procedure care.  For anyone needing this procedure, I would recommend doing it.
 
I hope everyone finds their way gack to good health like I did.
 
Mark in Denver
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