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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/9/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
58 year old male here. In early July I experienced a mild TIA the morning after several days of very hard physical labor. A PFO was discovered through the subsequent TEE. For treatment my neurologist would have me take an aspirin a day, but my cardiologist prescribed Coumadin and wants to install the Amplatz closure device. I'm taking Coumadin, and Simvastatin as a precaution, my cholesterol readings are all good. I don't like the side effects of the drugs and I haven't committed to the implant.
So I'm lurking around gathering information to help me decide about long term treatment. I've seen the Cleveland Clinic website and have read about the CLOSURE 1 study, however this is my first support group. I was introduced to this site by an employee of my insurance company. Would gratefully appreciate any links or knowledge you can share.
Nice to meet you all.

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Date Joined Nov 2010
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   Posted 11/8/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
hello lamero, I am in a similar situation to you. I have agreed to the closure though as I will do anything to minimise the risk of another, maybe bigger, stroke. There seems to be a big difference in attitude to closure by catheter in the US. In the UK it is seen as almost a common procedure and not a big deal at all. Closure is only offered to people with a history of problems (e.g. more than 1 stroke)
I take asprin, dipyridamol and simvastatin as precautionary measure but once the closure has been done this would change and after the hole had sealed I would probably not need any medication at all - another reason to go through with the procedure. I am 46 (female) so that could be a lot of years on medication and I can't seem to find much info on long term effects of these drugs.

Your original post was a while ago. Have you decided what is best for you yet?

x Stillsmiling
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