Hello MN Neighbor
I have been a patient in the same hospital but never in the ICU. It is truly a good hospital in my opinion and no, I do not work for them. Just thought I would share something we had in common.
There are many kinds of heart defects, but the most common is the patent foramen ovale (PFO),or the hole in the heart. The PFO should close at birth, but, when it doesn't, a blood clot can pass from one side of the heart to the other and travel to the brain, where it causes a stroke. From what you have shared this is what happened in your case.
Your Dr. put you on medication to control how your blood clots.
The question of whether or not doctors should close PFOs in patients who have had strokes has been a hot-button issue for cardiologists and neurologists treating stroke patients for years.
I cannot answer your questions re Atrial Fib ~ talk with your Dr. re that concern; in fact talk with your Dr. re all your misgiving. This is a difficult decision for you.
I am posting a link to a site you may find very helpful.
I can only imagine your fear of making the wrong decision in your case but try to put your trust in your DR. and if you have had 2 opinions and are still sitting on the fence..............find a 3rd cardiologist to talk with re your PFO. Maybe there is no wrong choice no matter what you decide to do.
Sending healing prayers to you,