Posted 4/29/2012 8:46 AM (GMT -7)
Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell.
You have every right to be concerned and IMHO I would like to see you make an appointment with a cardiologist to discuss the PFO. Most people with a PFO do not need treatment. Patients who do need treatment may take medicines or have a transcatheter intervention to the close the PFO. In more serious cases, surgery may be needed.
A transcatheter intervention is the most common way to close a PFO. This procedure is done in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
. Doctors use a long, thin tube called a catheter, which is inserted into a vein in the groin and threaded into the heart. On the end of the catheter is a closure device that is shaped like an umbrella. When the closure device is placed in the hole, the device is
opened, plugging the hole. In time, heart tissue grows around the device to totally block the hole.
I had a TIA a couple of years ago and had the TEE looking for a cause but I do not have a PFO. However, my neurologist started me on 1 Baby ASA per day. I am glad you are going in on Monday to discuss your test results.
I am sorry the receptionist implied that "it is not a big deal" as to you it feels like a big deal and I suspect this person doesn't understand that her comment minimized the fact that a stroke is a big deal.
Please let us hear from you after you have seen your Dr.
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