Hello everyone and welcome to all the new people to the forum!
Jeannamarie - I am so happy your procedure went well! It was better to have it done now, rather than to wait until your body deteriorated further, I think. And you are back to work already... that is awesome! Please keep us posted on your continuing successful recovery. We all love to hear the good stories!
Dejaboo - I am sorry to hear you are still having so much trouble blood clots and hemorraghing. I have to say, now that I am off Plavix, that my periods are back to normal. When I was taking Plavix, I had TERRIBLE cramps combined with constipation first and then diarrhea. Now that I am off the medicine, my period are back to normal which means almost no PMS for me thankfully! I hope you enjoy your Summer - you deserve it!
PFOMOM - welcome to our wonderful forum! I think most interventional cardiologists can perform a PFO closure, although some have more experience than others. I "lucked out" with my Int. Cardio bec. a friend recommended her dad's doctor. It turns out he has done many of these procedures... he may be considered to be one of the top in this region but I am not sure. I agonized for a few days over mentioning names here, but I decided if it helps our community why not. My amazing cardio who performed the procedure is Ramon Quesada at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He has a younger, up and coming doctor, who is "my doctor in the office." Let me tell you, all this medical terminology and terms I've learned in the past year or so, it's incredible... This awesome "doctor in the office" is one of the doctors who finally took the time to listen to my symptoms and take me seriously. He is the one who sat with me to help me decide what we should do and who showed us the 3 month echo that the PFO was closed and who took such great care of my emotional and mental health during this incredibly difficult period in my life. I truly feel that it is because of his listening ear, great ability to deal with patients, knowledge of his craft and superior reasoning skills that I am still alive today, because my body could not go much longer. He is the doctor in the office, because he is still young and is just now building his practice and experience, but boy, does he have a great future ahead of him!!! His name is Marcus St. John and he cares and he LISTENS! As far as your neurologist goes, since it seems we are in the same region, I would get a second opinion regardless of what he tells you. My first neurologist was a doctor I picked "out of a hat" so to speak, just from my insurance book after my TIA and the ER doctor suggested I go see a neuro. This first neuro seemed brilliant but ignored my symptoms... I later learned he was running a PFO closure study to prove the migraine-PFO connection. I did not have a history of migraines so I was not good for his study and therefore "dispensable." Although he is regarded as a brilliant neurologist (I later found out), he is not a "brilliant" doctor when it comes to caring for his patients. So, if this is the neuro I think you have (Forteza), please get a second opinion. I stopped seeing him because he dismissed my symptoms even though I kept telling him I felt exhausted and out of breath all the time. He gave me migraine medication when I don't suffer from migraines!!! Sorry... this is why I agonized over names, because in this recent life- changing experience, I got to see many dimensions of the medical profession and doctors, both wonderful and terrible! I hope this helps you, but please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com should you need more information. If your neuro does not recommend closure, please seek a second opinion.
Beezy 84 - Life is like a box of chocolates, isn't it, you never know what you are going to get! The whole idea of a hole in my heart let alone an IMPLANT in my heart were so alien to me and yet, here I am 6 months after my implant and thanking all my lucky stars that I did it! It is so difficult to make this decision and life has no guarantees... all I can tell you is that my life post surgery is incredibly better than my life almost two years before surgery when my health deteriorated rapidly. I hope you follow your heart and your gut instincts and once you have made your decision, don't look back! Life is too short to live with regrets. I hope you will keep us posted. By the way, I have the Cardio Seal implant. No complications and after 3 months, the hole was closed!!!
withnail1969 - Welcome to the forum! I did not get any specific advice on flying, but I think each doctor has their own set of recommendations. I was not to see a dentist or get any type of MRI for 6 months. I think the cardio is the best doc to give you advice post PFO procedure, not the neuro.
I wish everyone much luck and wisdom in making their decisions. These are difficult times, but you can do it!!! I am living proof of this... my life is almost back to normal and I am enjoying every minute of it like you can't imagine!