Posted 9/20/2005 2:09 PM (GMT -7)
I am a 29 year old with a PFO (hole in heart - patent foraman ovale). It was found last year after I compained of dizziness, food sensitivities, palpitations, pains, sensitivity to brings lights and noise, bad constand headaches, migraines, severe tiredness, anxiety, depression etc.
I saw a cardiologist in the UK who found the PFO with saline injections, scan and a TOE. Although he found the PFO, he did not offer to close it as I have not yet had a stroke. (Which raises the question - WHY shoudl I have to wait til I siffer with a stroke befor I am offered closire??! isnt this awful? Do I have to be paralysed or unable to speak before I get closure?)
Anyway, I am now seeking the opinion of another cardiologist in London. He specialises in PFO closure, apparently. I am having to pay over £200 to see him. What I want to know is, if he takes a different view and offers me closure, should I go for it? Could it save me life??
I have alss heard of dangers of havings closure, mainly due to the fitted device being made of nickel and possibly causing problems to the patient later on in life. Does anyone have any comments on this?
Id be glad to hear from people who have a PFO, those who may or may not be considering closure, and people who had already had their PFO closed. I dont know whether I should push for the op to close the PFO, or whether I should stay as I am.
Has anyone had the symtpoms mentioned the first paragraph, only to find that these all dissapeared after PFO closure?
All comments very welcome please. And any advice please. I am confised!!!! MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE. Vikki x