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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/8/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site and very excited to be a part of it.
I had an ASD closure last week with a Gord/Helex device for a hole that was 12 ml wide. I am looking for someone who has experienced the same symptoms to see how long recovery took. I am still dizzy, fatigued and the headaches are incredible! I would be grateful for any response. Thanks!

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 5/10/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
How are you feeling? Any better yet?
I had mine done on april 22 and still get tired very easy.
I have a question for you . Can you feel yours?

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/7/2011 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, my sister is considering this procedure for her complex migraines, which she gets 3-4 times a week. I would love to hear how you are both doing now that it's been almost two years. Thank you.

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 3/8/2011 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mine closed in May last year. My recovery took a little longer than usual because I had some complications related to side effects from the blood thinners and a pseudo pregnancy, but after 3-4 months I was pretty much back to normal. Less than a year later, my fitness is much better than it was before the procedure.

I had a lot of palpitations at first and was extremely tired (probably due to the pseudo-pregnancy), but haven't had any full-blown migraines since the procedure.

Give yourself some time. If you just had it done last week, your body is still recovering from the stress of the procedure. Plus, the tissue hasn't had a chance to grow over the device yet. My cardio had told me that it's pretty normal for it to take some time for the hole to seal off completely as the tissue grows over it. At my 6 month bubble test, he was surprised that no bubbles went through, and I had a pretty big ASD (17 mm)

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 3/18/2011 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had ASD surgery on 3-16-11. Everything went great. I don't feel anything but the one thing is that I have had a headache since five hrs after the op. Has anyone else experienced this. I called the dr. this morning (now friday 3-18-11) he said it is not related and to just take tylenol and it is probably stress related. Anyone have headaches after ward?

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 3/20/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and we are so happy you found us.  I would trust your Dr, however, if your headache becomes the worse headache you have ever had and is very intense, do think about presenting to the ER or call your physician right away.
Take care and hope the headache decreases and disappears.

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Date Joined Jun 2011
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 6/7/2011 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hello to all...I just found this site.
I had migranes ALL MY LIFE.  During college graduation, I fainted without a reason.  The doctors said it was fatigue and stress from graduation.  I don't remember a headache at that time, but I had never just 'hit the floor' like that.  Later in life, I started menopause and had started hot-flashes which had gotten to occur every three minutes.  Non-stop for months.  I went for all types of physicals.  I have always had a mummer, but the doctors just brushed it off.  Fifty-two years (52) old and not one doctor said -- lets check this out.  I insisted, thinking that these flashes are coming from somewhere, maybe my heart. 
 I was 52 years old when my double ASD was found -- on a Friday -- and in surgery on Monday.  Surgery lasted less than forty-five (45) minutes.  Laying on my back for six hours, I discovered why.  Yes, well medicated to stay still that long. smilewinkgrin   My ASDs, together -- I am told, measured two centimeters. 
That afternoon they removed the shunts used for the carthe.  That was a surprise!  Six-inch plastic straws - literally. Was out of the hospital on Tuesday.  My doctor said I could go back to work on Wednesday.  I did. But, I was very fatigued, so worked half a day.  I have noticed, that if I don't take my meds, I will get a 'tinkling' of a headache.  But not a migrane.
Fatigued only when I over do and around 2:30 PM I am ready to lay down.
I never nap, unless I am under the weather.  Now, I nap just to take care of ME.
One note.  I am on Coreg CR 20 mg daily and have gained 30lbs in two years.  Has anyone had this happen, if you are taking this med?  confused    Thank you.

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 7/2/2012 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.
My 11yr old son had just recently had ASD closure via Catheter through the groin / blood vessel and was a little confused of the recovery time.
Surgeon said 3-4 weeks before he can play club basketball but his normal cardiologist says 3 months.
Have any of you heard otherwise? It's been a month since the procedure.
Thank you in advance.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/2/2012 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Great story and thank you for sharing with the members.  It is good to know you now find some "Me" time as that is so important for all of us.  I like to take an afternoon nap too or at least read my book as that is just for me.
Going back to work so soon after your procedure sounds scary to me but I am glad you did OK. 
Keep us posted on how you are doing.
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