Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry you had an episode in 2010 that was not investigated - you did not mention what kind of symptoms you had.
Although present in about one in five adults, PFOs usually cause no symptoms at all. Far less than 1% has a stroke or other outcome that results in the need to have the PFO closed.
I had sx of a TIA in 2010 and was sent directly for a CT Scan which was negative for a stroke or bleed. My Dr. referred me to a Neurologist and I had 2 TEEs in one day - guess I bit the first Dr. as she refused to try a second time so I was sent uptown to a more experienced Cardiologist and all was fine. We also did a lot of genetic blood testing by all my tests were fine.
Sounds like things got messed up during your first visit with a Dr. I am sorry for that.
I am glad to hear you are still in rehab as that is a good sign that the staff feels they can continue to help you improve. Also you have typed this post here so you appear to have intact cognitive function. You are also able to be out walking so keep working on these skills.
"The primary goals of of recovery include preventing secondary health complications, minimizing impairments, and achieving functional goals that promote independence in activities of daily living.
In the later phases of stroke recovery, patients are encouraged to participate in secondary prevention programs for stroke. Follow-up is usually facilitated by the patient’s primary care provider.
The initial severity of impairments and individual characteristics, such as motivation, social support, and learning ability, are key predictors of stroke recovery outcomes. Responses to treatment and overall recovery of function are highly dependent on the individual. Current evidence indicates that most significant recovery gains will occur within the first 12 weeks following a stroke.
I am going to post you the link to read about stroke recovery but remember there are so many different stages of stroke and you are early in the recovery stage. Only take away from the article what is helpful for you.
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