PFO just part of my health issues...has anyone felt better after a closure???

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natvtxn
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   Posted 4/19/2013 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I found this forum in my search for PFO information. I've been through one attempt to close my PFO and it was unsuccessful. I have had a cryoablation and an ablation because I have Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). I was not born with a PFO ,the cardiologist / electrophysiologists put the hole in my heart while doing the cryoablation, which ended up causing a TIA. Before all this began, I was very healthy and had just turned 40. I have been and athlete all my life. I was walking 6 miles  three times a week, rock climbing, coaching soccer, hiking, and mother of three teenagers. I'm 5'4" and weight 118 lbs, with bp running at 100/68 most of my life. All of the sudden, I couldn't breathe and I was diagnosed with SVT and scheduled for the cryoablation. The cardiologist told me I had the heart of someone twice my age and twice my weight. The cryoablation was not enough to fix my heart issues, but it wasn't discovered until after I had my TIA and was hospitialized in the stroke unit for 5 days. That was when my PFO was found with a TEE test and it is a medium to large size hole. A PFO closure was schedule and then my heart became unstable and the device was removed during the procedure. I lost a lot of blood and the recovery was awful. I had another TIA before we could schedule the ablation and the closure was rescheduled. I currently do not have any quality of life, I cannot walk up and down stairs, I have shortness of breath, I pass out with the slightest exertion, and my bp and heart rate are constantly fluctuating. I'm so exhausted that thinking about a 5 minute workout is a joke. I have chest pain and severe migraines with aura's. So if other's are experiencing terrible issues AFTER having a PFO closure, what on earth can I expect? I am fortunate enough to have great doctor's at Cleveland Clinic, but even then will it matter if the recovery is only going to leave me worse off than before? Has anyone had a closure and felt better afterwards? Sorry for the essay, I was just trying paint the picture...
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