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Date Joined Dec 2015
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   Posted 1/22/2016 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to communicate with Jodie 333 regarding her experience with PFO closure. How are you now?

I am scheduled to have PFO closure in 5 days.
I am 55, had a cryptogenic stroke in May 2015.

I am healthy, no signs of cause of stroke when looking at usual causes, and so the medical team thinks the it is going to reduce the possibility of a recurring stroke, by 75%.

I asked to be tested for nickel allergy as the gore device contains 50% Nickel. I was told it is unlikely I would be allergic. Then I tested positive. I was told it is unlikely I will have a reaction, but NO GUARANTEE.

I tested for LOW sensitivity.

I am feeling my options are to trust destiny, hope i do not have another stroke by the grace of nature.... OR, have the PFO closure and trust a team that has done 1200 procedures with 2% or less complications. The Surgeon has done 400 procedures.

I am reading about the afib which concerns me. I am concerned about the possibility of having the device explanted, in the case of a reaction to nickel.

I am interested to hear from anyone who has thoughts or experience they would like to share. Particularly the progression of healing from Month 1 to Month 6 post surgery.... an I welcome also the stories of anyone who has ideas or is several years past procedure.

Thanks you!

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2018
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 1/17/2018 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I registered specifically to get any updates you may have on your PFO closure? how are things? can you provide any information on your progress ?


New Member

Date Joined Dec 2015
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 1/17/2018 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, yes I had the procedure.

The actual procedure was less painful or invasive then getting a filling.

All is well, I do not feel any different then before my procedure, I am vary active with exercise,
I am eating exceptionally clean diet. I do not have any symptoms to report as negative or concerning.

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Date Joined Feb 2018
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   Posted 2/20/2018 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a 46 year old woman who had a cryptogenic stroke on Sept. 9, 2017. Prior to my stroke, I was active (running, biking, hiking) and had no health issues that I knew of. After much testing, the only possible cause was a PFO. I had my PFO closed Nov. 9, 2017 with the Amplatzer occluder device.

The procedure itself was a breeze, although I was quite worried about it prior to having it done. Recovery has gone smoothly thus far (3 1/2 months and counting). I was put on Plavix and Aspirin for 6 months, then just Aspirin.

I have had some side effects of the Plavix (woozyness, heart beating loudly, weird feelings in my body), but nothing too terrible. I am curious to see if the way I feel changes after I'm off the Plavix.

At my 6 week cardiology check up, the device placement looked great, and my heart was functioning fine. I go back in May for my 6 month check up.

Prior to my stroke, I was active (running, biking, hiking) and had no health issues that I knew of.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2017
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 3/25/2018 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Did any of you have extreme fatigue before your closure that got better after procedure? Thanks.

Nancy O
New Member

Date Joined Aug 2018
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 8/26/2018 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Big Picture - I am to have a PFO closure and am scared to death! Your post makes me feel better. Still doing well??
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