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Captain's Heart
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/22/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello All:


I have been reading a lot about the PFO closure since I am having my procedure done this Tuesday (5/24/11).


I probably should have started looking on here a few months back but thought I was able to do research on my own (I have a medical background which makes me a terrible patient and I want to know everything) but there is nothing like getting first hand information.


The PFO (approximately 22 cm) was just recently discovered last December and with a recent stroke we decided this needs to be fixed. With all I have survived I don't want to risk another stroke that could put me out of commission.


I am 58 years old and have had all the typical symptoms - Migraine headaches with aura since I was about 14, headaches in general, recent stroke March 2011, history of prior TIAs and found an undiagnosed stroke via MRI last year, recent worsening shortness of breath, extreme tiredness, numbness, tingling, visual disturbances, etc, but have one major difference than most people I have read about on here as I have also had triple bypass (in 2004) - surprisingly the PFO wasn't found at that time (???). So to have something else with my heart has been a bit unnerving and the idea of having a foreign object placed inside my heart is just a little perplexing. nono


I appreciate all the information everyone has posted - none of which my doctors have shared with me - especially knowing about the chest pain that seems to follow this procedure is especially helpful (since I have had heart problems) - the feeling of having a 'chicken bone' stuck in my chest (as many have described it) might be good information to know.


My main question is - anyone else out that who has had bypass or other heart surgery and were there any additional complications because of the prior surgery?


Any information is greatly appreciated.


I will update my experience with this procedure as it develops to help anyone else.


Thank you so very much


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   Posted 5/23/2011 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and I wish you the very best on Tuesday (tommorow).  I am glad you found the forum and the great info here re PFOs.
I do hope one of the members reads your post who may have some personal experience.  As you, I am in the medical field and is so hard not to google everything when it comes to ourselves. This is a big issue for you .
Here are a couple more links to threads re PFOs:
I wish you well and do let us hear from you as we will be waiting.
Gentle Hugs,
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Captain's Heart
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 5/23/2011 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks so much for your reply and pointing me towards the links.

I am actually looking forward to tomorrow and a new found freedom. Will update in a couple of days.

Thanks again,

Captain's Heart
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 6/2/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Just a quick update to everyone:


I had the procedure to close the PFO last week and today I really feel great.


All in all the procedure was very simple and relatively uneventful. In fact, I was awake for most of it and was able to watch as the closure was performed.


For the first couple of days I had a fairly severe headache and I have had some pressure in my chest since the addition of the device but everything else is wonderful. The shortness of breath, extreme tiredness, numbness, tingling, visual disturbances and yes, even the headaches have been greatly reduced - not gone yet but definitely lessened.  I wish I had done it a lot sooner and if I had to make the choice again - I would without any hesitation.


As time goes on I will post additional updates as to my experience and progress.


Good luck to all and I wish the best for all of you.   tongue  



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