PFO Closure! To do it or not to do it! That is the ?

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   Posted 4/14/2014 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   

HI Everyone,

This is my first post and have been reading tons of posts and personal stories regarding PFO closures. I am seeking advice on what to do.

I had a stoke in January 2014 and almost died. I am 35yrs old and run 5K's and participates in Mudmans etc. I feel I am pretty "fit" for my age etc.

The stroke took me by surprise and I was life flight in order to have emergency surgery to "suck the clot out". After this was done it has taken me about 3 months to fully recover somewhat and I feel extremely lucky.

I have been so far medically treated with Xarellto/Warfin. I hate being on medication and contently think of how dangerous being on these drug are when an ER situation occurs.

During my stay in intensive care the hospital (United in the Twin Cities ) discovered I have a PFO. I have seek medical advise from my Dr's and some say close it some say don't. My mother died of a massive heart attack at the age of 58 and had double bypass surgery at the age of 41 *I am getting close to that age.  I am afraid if I choose to close this and this results in Afib I may increase my risk of a Heart Attack. 

I am most nervous about having this done and regretting it. I would like to get off the Xarellto and go onto a daily aspirin after closure. I can not find any success stories and most posts I have read are very old.

Is anyone have information on this? I have a3 and 8 year old daughters that I want to so desperately make the right decision. My husband is super dad in my eyes and I respect his opinion and at this point he is so on the fence as well.

I am just seeking any sort of advice good or bad. Thank you so much for your time.

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