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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/5/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 25 years old and have recently had shortness of breath (especially with activity) and purplish nails. I have had palpitations with racing heart for 6 years. The only thing they have found was during a bubble study during valsalva maneuver. My mom (who is an echo tech) said that usually means PFO. Did any one else with PFO's experience this?? I really don't have many migraines. I feel so scared and just want to know what is going on and how to fix it.

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   Posted 10/5/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello mnm,

Welcome to HealingWell and the Heart and Cardiovascular Disease Forum.

Learning that you have a hole in your heart is understandably worrisome. Although present in about one in five adults, PFOs usually cause no symptoms at all. Far less than 1 percent has a stroke or other outcome that results in the need to have the PFO closed.

Occasionally, patients may experience episodes of shortness of breath and cyanosis. I hope you will follow up with your cardiologist if you are having concerns re your tests and do ask questions, advocate for yourself as this is important to you.

I hope other members who have PFO will post to your questions.

Blessings and again a warm welcome,


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   Posted 10/17/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with PFO and I had palpitations, shortness of breath, excruciating daily migraines, tiredness.  I had the defect repaired and haven't had anymore migraines.  I am still recovering from the procedure!  I chose to have it repaired due to the quality of life I was living.  My Cardiologist said he could guarantee a normal life doing all the things I enjoy.    I hope this encourages you!

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 10/17/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
     Glad to hear the good news. Waiting for that day to come myself. where did you get procedure?  joe  

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   Posted 10/17/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine was done in Birmingham Aabama at UAB. 
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