I do not come here very much as i post mostely in the chronic pain forum,But i was looking at this forum and notice your post.
I had the PFO In june of last year and i was in the hospital for 5 or 7 days.Unlike you i did not have a stroke,[Thank GOD]I was having many headaches and irruglar heartbeats and this had been going on for over 5 years i had have a cardio cath done stress test echo you name it i had it done and was told my heart was ok that it was just pvc and i was told to cut back on caffine and things like that.
Over the years i was in and out of the hospital for fast heart rate and tightness in chest and my test always came back normal.I was put on anixty meds and also a med call lopresser.and for a while it was controlling my heartbeat and i was hanging in there.There were times it was blame on my chronic pain and other things.
Well i was suppose to go in for surgery on my neck and the surgen order the usually pre-op test and i was also due to have another echo and this time it showed something was not right,and i was told to go and see my heart dr and he order a bubble study and it was then they found out i had a samll whole in my heart and i was refer to a heart specialst and he explained to me that the hole needed to be closed as it could cause me to have a stoke,I was in shock as i said to him why wasn't this found before,as i had had so many test done and he said that this could very well had been something i was born with and sometimes it can go undected and sometimes it does not cause any problems till much later in life.I was a nervous wreck.He explained to me that this was most likely the cause of my increased of headaches.and he then went on to expained just what he was going to do.I might add he was very good and took his time explaining things to me and my husband,and i was even given a tape to watch which i chose not to as i figure it would only make me more nervous.
Like i said i had it done on june 25th of last year and it all went ok.THANK GOD.I was put on 325mg of asprin and had to take plavix for 6 months and then i went for a echo after 6 months and was told i could stop the plavix,and i could go to just taking 81mg of asprin.I go every 6 months for a echo and my pcp does a ekg every 3 months.
They gave me a card i have to carry on me saying i had a PFO inplant and the number and they also said i should have a braclet saying i have the inplant which i have not done but i do carry the card on me and my husband also has one on him.
All in all i am doing pretty well with it and the headaches have pretty much gone away.i still get one now and then but i was getting them nearly everyday before.and i still get the fast heartbeats now and then but not as often as before.i think some of that is due to nerves and stress.from my doctors visits i am told the PFO is fine and that it is now all cover up with scar tissues.
I hope this is of some help to you and i hope and pray that you will soon see and feel a lot better.Please just remember it does take time and you do need to not lift if you can help it i know it is hard but you need to watch out for yourslef.
My prayer's and thoughts will be with you and please let me know how you are doing.I know i don't post here but i will check in to see how you are doing and by all means if you have any questions or if i can be of any help just let me know ok i will try my best to help out any way i can
Take care and be well