I had my PFO closed 16 months ago. I went to the cardiologist after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and another 6 months. Today was my second 6 month appointment and... I have a clean bill of health! My PFO has healed beautifully and successfully my doctor says. More importantly, I have recovered completely. I am running 4 and 5 miles again, and I'm still building up stamina and endurance so I can do more. I feel really great! I used to post here extensively when I was sick and recovering, but have not posted for a while. I have some minor permanent damage to my left ear (a little hard of hearing) and I still sometimes mix up words or use similar words from the same context but that are not accurate. I think this is all from the small stroke/mini-strokes or whatever I had, but it's something I can live with. The important thing is that I feel great and I have my quality of life back. I wanted to share this with all of you who may be facing this very difficult journey many of us have travelled through... I got to the end of the tunnel and I am seeing beautiful light again!!! My cardio thanked me for doing my part in my successful recovery. I thanked him for saving my life and giving me back my quality of life. Today is a wonderful day for me. I don't have to see the cardio again for another year. The neurologist says he does not need to see me anymore unless I sense something is wrong. The pulmonologist told me the same thing a few months back. Those 3 doctors saved my life, because they listened and they cared when so many others didn't.
I wish everyone much luck and wisdom in making your decisions.