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   Posted 7/2/2013 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Why is 5 cm a magic measurement that fits a 90 pound woman and a 260 pound fullback, when their heart sizes vary considerably? I would think a percent of dilation would give a better idea of risk for a particular situation. I do understand that rate of change is considered. It is the "drop dead" line in the sand of 5cm that has me wondering.

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   Posted 7/14/2013 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  PFO size or morphology should not be the only criteria to decide if an intervention is required.
There is much on the internet  as studies are in progress.  You could ask your cardiologist for info re recent studies and outcomes.
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