Hi 2001TC & welcome to Healing Well. I am not a dr but have some experience with heart issues.
Answers to your questions;
1. More than likely no.
2. Panic attacks relating to PFO no. Since surgery is rarely ever done for this it would totally depend on
what led the person to require surgery. People that have surgery are ones that are on medications to
prevent strokes from happening. If none of the medications work then surgery is a possibility.
3. At this time migraines & PFO is very controversial topic & current studies are being done. No
dr will ever tell you yes migraines are related. If you are having migraines get in with a neurologist.
4. That is not a symptom unless a person has pulmonary hypertension.
6. Cardiologist would have picked this up on testing that has been done.
7. No on the TEE Scope
8 Tinnitus not related, this is something that can happen to anyone at any time. It can disappear as
quickly as the onset of it.
If the drs felt this was something to be concerned about
most likely you would have been told take a baby aspirin daily. I understand your concern but in all honesty your anxiety is in high gear right now. The more you get on the internet & do the Dr Google thing, the more it feeds the anxiety. Anxiety as you know will make you feel like total crap.
I have a murmur they hear it every time they listen to my heart & have for years, lol. As a kid I would get winded with lots of physical activity. I have valve problems that are monitored by testing yearly. The valve problems were found in my early 20's & I am almost 64 yrs old. Did I change my life style back then NO!! I try to eat healthy & do normal things. I continued to get on with my life. Oh yes, I have had anxiety in the past over a different health condition. Let me tell you this, the anxiety was worse than my health condition because I let it rule me. The illness is bad enough but when the anxiety took over & the stress it was causing it only made the health problem worse. Oh, it took me awhile to figure that one out, but when I did I put the brakes on the anxiety.
My 42 yr old son has a murmur never slowed him down for a moment. Like the dr said don't worry about
If it will make you feel better gather up all of your testing, go for a 2nd opinion with a cardiologist. If you get told the same thing as the other drs have said, please accept their opinions. Do not go looking for something that is not there or viable for you. Life is too short to waste it on this.
Check out the Mayo Clinics website for PFO & heart murmur. I suggest that site because you will get correct info & not a bunch of garbage. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Take care.
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