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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone
I am 2wks post PFO closure and am experiencing really bad flutters in my chest. I also feel a bit dizzy when it happens and have a wierd sensation in the middle of the chest. The flutters last for about a minute and are happening regularly. They are most worrying at night when I imagine I'm about to have a heart attack or something. They started happening about five days ago.
Does anyone know anything about this, how long to expect it for etc. My closure was 100% successful and I had a 25ml hole.
Unlike everyone else here I was advised to rest for a couple of days. I had the op' on Friday and went back to teaching Monday and did the walk race for life in between. Now I'm worried I've really over done it! I haven't had any post op checks apart from with my GP a few days after because I was having dizzy spells.
I was warned that I might experience thumping in my chest for a couple of weeks, but not that they'd start after a week or so.
Appreciate some reassurance.
PS I don't regret having it done, I have more energy and no migraines.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad recently told me about this type of surgery that has been in study recently to treat migrainers. very interesting! keep us updated if you continue to go without migraines. I hope it works for you!

Sorry I can't help you about the palpitations? I would just call the doctor to ease your mind.


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   Posted 6/27/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I would definitely call the doctor-just to be on the safe side!

I am so glad that you have had good results, other than the palpitations. If I were you I would feel like maybe I had just done too much, too soon.

Please talk to the doc and let us know what they say and about your progress and migraines (or lackthereof)!!!
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2009 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks folks, if anyone wants any more specific info' feel free to ask. I did a lot of research prior to the op', I also went on the Prima migraine study, got booted off as they found I had a lung shunt which would have been a confounding variable and interferred with their results, so I went on to have the op privately on my insurance (didn't mention the word migraine as wouldn't have been covered - just threat of stroke).
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