I am new to this forum and just wanted to give you some info on me and my PFO. I found out 5 months ago that I had a PFO and I was terrified to say the least! The thought of having a stroke was horrible but I did not think that the doctors shared in my fear. At least until a month ago when a specialist called me in and wanted to continue the process of closing my PFO. WHAT! I said! Well last week I got my PFO closed and to be honest I had an entirely new set of fears. It has been a little more than a week and each day that passes I feel better and better. I have no pains except on the 5th day my heart started racing and now I am on beta blockers and I feel great. I do not have all my energy back but I am so glad I got my PFO closed and no regrets at all! If anyone is not sure the pro's outweigh the con's anyday. I will be glad when the device is covered all the way and it is a permanent part of my heart. Oh and I can not say enough good things about my doctor! He was great through the whole process and told me that right before the surgery I was a 5+ which is really bad and it was a good thing we closed it because the possibility of having a stroke was high. The only advice I would give as well as to get it done is when they give you the option of having morphene when they pull the two catheter devices out is to take option "B". The main reason is because when I was coming down from the morphene I was an "itchball"!! Ugh!! I could not scratch enough to make me feel better! Lol Well anyways good luck to anyone contemplating getting it done and never stop short of having it done and also be your own advocate and do not settle for someone telling you there is not enough "data" to justify it! That is pure BS! Its the insurance companies that dont want to spend the money thats all.