New member - PFO by Fattymcflatty

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   Posted 3/3/2014 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted Today 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   by Fattymcflatty
Hi There,

I was having TIAs between the age of 13-15 that were not recognised through months and months of ongoing blood tests, ECG's, Tilt Table Test, Monitors etc and was told it was just Vasovagal Syncope.. It wasn't until an abnormality showed up in my sleep deprived ECG that they looked further in to the problems regarding my heart.

These collapsing episodes were really all that showed symptom wise for me as I think I had more energy and less tiredness beforehand.

Anyway I ended up having a TOE that confirmed the PFO. Shortly after it was discovered, at 16 I had the op and although I was left feeling little bit shabby for the first week or so I was able to continue with musical rehearsals for a major performance and school for the weeks after that (not full on of course but I was definitely able) I was relatively pain free but noticed I tended to limp just as a subconscious way of protecting the wound. Since the op I have had no further collapsing episodes or dizzy spells. I did notice though that in later years playing sport I sometimes got some pain from the scar tissue which apparently is quite normal and since it has been completely healed I no longer have an issue with it.

I am interested to see though if anyone else who has had the op has noticed any hematomas showing up? I ask this because since that timeframe (I am now 19) I have had a number of hematomas grow mainly on my shin area that swell up and then break apart and disappear, bruise up and so on - sometimes they can last for up to 10mnths or longer. They never go below my ankle or above my knee - I am not sure if this has something to do with having activated protein C resistance or whatnot but after having it x-rayed previously the Dr.s have explained that in my case it is simply liquid build up and shouldn't have any negative impacts on me. I am not concerned just intrigued to see if it correlates..

In saying all of the above every individual case can be so different and while everything worked out in my case I definitely suggest speaking with your cardiologist in regards to any concerns or fears that you have!

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   Posted 3/3/2014 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to HealingWell. You've found a safe, secure, and reliable support community for people battling a range of health issues. We have many  fellow members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for when you need it.

Your history is very interesting and complex.  We do have many members with PFOs that went through surgical repair and I am sure you will be hearing from some of them...............

I started you a new thread of your own as the thread you posted to has not had any responses since 2011.  I wanted you to have the opportunity to meet all of our members thus your own thread.

I was dx with TIA but my TEE did not find a PFO so I do not have any input but be patient and someone will be by to share with you.

Again, a warm welcome.


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