I am newly diagnosed with PFO and 2 prior strokes, 1 old and 1 recent. After all the MRI's, MRA's, CT's, CTA's and on and on, I have decided to NOT have the closure done. There just seem to be too many risks, still may have a stroke and non-closure after a year or two and then to have to go through that again.
I also did not take the Coumadin or Pravastatin that my doctor recommended==after reading all the horrible side effects and first hand knowledge of friends who had taken them both.
I am on 325mg. Aspirin and my blood pressure medicine. I have added Red Yeast Rice on my own.
I may be foolish, I just don't know, but I cannot make myself believe this is a "safe" alternative with all the risks and things that may go wrong and the surgery also be unsuccessful.
It is very worrisome to know I have had 2 strokes and have a hole in my heart.
I pray I have made the right decision and that the Lord will take care of me.