After PFO/ASD repair

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 8/2/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the procedure done 5 days ago at Mayo Clinic using the Helix machine.  My device was 33 mm. The only symptoms I had beforehand were extreme lethargy and extreme shortness of breath when exerting, even talking.
I don't feel anything different in my chest and only felt slight ache at catheter site in groin for a day or so. Even while still in hospital overnight, my oxygen saturation was low, causing the alarm to go off as it dipped below 90% during sleep.  I use a CPAP and oxygen at night anyhow.  It was even low with that on.  All I got from the docs was "give it time."
In the next few days, I did notice some improvement:  my lips were pink, not a dusky dark color, I'm able to talk far longer without stopping to gasp for air, and I could stay up without being exhausted.  My own oximeter says my saturation hovers around 96-98 most of the time, once even hitting 99!  But if I stand, or walk, or brush my teeth, it goes down to 90, 91%.
I am starting to bruise from the Plavix and have felt dizzy at times.
My question is:  how many people continued to feel better and better as days turned into weeks and then months, or did you feel immediately as good as you were going to get?  I ask to get a sampling from real people.  I know I'll get "Everyone is different, your body will heal in good time, we'll have to wait and see..."
I have a follow-up appointment in 2 weeks and I'll be getting another TEE and Echocardiagram to see how things are going.  Does everyone have to be on a special cardio diet with low salt?  My arteries were checked and found to be fine.  Valves are fine.  I still don't feel that completely "well" feeling.  I still feel like I need to take it very easy and slow.  Comments, please.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2011 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  I am  glad you found us and hope some of your questions can be answered by our wise and caring members.

I wanted to drop in and welcome you.  I do not have a PFO so I cannot share with you any personal post-op info.

Be Well,


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