PFO closure and exercise

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   Posted 11/4/2012 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

I am a 28 year old female, had a stroke earlier in May 2012 , identified with a PFO, had the closure done in September. I am now 6 weeks post my closure, i had just have my 1 month follow up ECG. My cardiologist was very pleased with the result.

I used to be a very active girl, running up to 10K everyday before i had stroke. What stresses me out, whenever i asked my cardiologist when can i be back to my running routine, he never gave me a clear answers. Should anyone of you out there know/ had the same experience, please share with me.

I am scared of starting to run again after 6 weeks post closure, afraid that i will do harm on the device. Any advice? Im planning to start slow, building up my aerobic slowly but not sure if my heart could take it. I always have the tendency of pushing myself harder when exercising.

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   Posted 11/8/2012 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vicevencey,

Welcome to the forum! How about brisk walking until you know your limitations? I try to walk daily.

I am just here for welcoming, I don't have any advice really. I hope that you are feeling well.

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   Posted 11/8/2012 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen!,

Thank you for your advice.

Yes, i will start slow, better be on the safe side as i dont want to risk having device complications at the end.

Decided to wait a good 6 months to try if my body is really up to running again.

Thank you, Karen

I hope you are well too.


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   Posted 12/18/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi- I had a stroke later June 2012, and a PFO closure on 11th Sept 2012..

Had same vague answers re exercise... Doc at hospital said 6 months before contact sports, longer for cage-fighting (!) - but said once wound (6 weeks he said) had gone - "gentle jogging" is ok. Physio said keep to a heart rate where I can talk and run..


After two months, began very limited runs... Now - after 3 months doing slow 1 hour runs - slow (5 miles in 1 hour) - when it get to post pfo-closure of 6 months, hope to push it a bit more - try speed back up..

So far... Have another "bubble" test (on New Years Eve!) - so will see how that goes!


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   Posted 12/18/2012 11:15 AM (GMT -6) to only want you to wait a week!

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   Posted 12/18/2012 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hai Dave!!!!

Thank you for sharing! Very pleased to hear that you have recovered quite well and quick! Good to know that back to running routine at this stage doesnt cause any harm, however im still on my brisk walking routine. I think im going to stick to that routine and try to do slow run after 6 months period. I just dont want to risk everything at this point.
Im going to have another echo done end of january, good luck with your bubble test!

Thanks again for sharing....

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   Posted 1/28/2018 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

Was hoping for a status check on your progress with working out et al. ? I just had mine done Friday and all is well so far!

I am hoping you all have just lost interest and moved on without any issues !

Thanks for any replies!

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