This is my first post. It is nice to find others who have had this procedure too! Not feeling quite alone right now. I have a Helix device put in in June of 08. Went for 6 months having 3-4 small TIA daily and 2 that sent me to the emergency room. I had a stoke in 03 that I am still recovering from and another in July of 06. All and all, I am SO glad that I had the closure. I had another TIA in Aug after the procedure. They did another cath to check the device. It was fine, but it was not all sealed up yet. They continued me on Heparin for another few months. Went to see my cardio in Jan. They did an echo (I can not have a TEE because of a esophageal blockage). They did the bubble test and did not see any bubbles so......it is all sealed up. They ended up using a 25mm device. Said it was a nice size hole, about 8mm (the size of you little fingernail). I was awake through the whole procedure, found it very interesting. The second time, they must have given me more anesthesia and I was pretty much out of it. Both procedure I was out of the hospital that same day. They took me off the heparin and I only have to take one 625 aspirin day.
For you who have been a few months out after having the PFO closed, do you have any other problems? In the past week, I have been having pressure in my sternum, running down my right arm. I have also had numbness in my right side of my face, the same as I was before the procedure. My husband is a paramedic. Keeps telling me I should go get chck out, but I am so tired of going to the hosp. We do not have a good Nuero in town, so every time I have anything go wrong, the send me by ambulance 2 hours away to Mayo (that is where my Dr's are). so, is anybody else having any problems? Any pressure in the chest or numbness anywhere?