Does a PFO need to be fixed?
You usually do not need treatment if you have no risk factors for stroke or any history of traveling blood clots. Your healthcare provider may want to treat your PFO if you have had problems, such as strokes from these traveling blood clots. Treatment for PFOs in these cases varies.
Can you live a long life with a PFO?
This may allow a blood clot to travel through the hole, up to the brain, causing a stroke. While most people have no symptoms and live their whole lives without ever knowing they have a PFO, 50 percent of patients with strokes of unknown cause have been found to have a PFO. Cahill was in that 50 percent.
Does PFO run in families?
Patent foramen ovale causes We don’t know exactly why a PFO develops. It may be genetic, meaning it runs in families. The condition also seems to be found more frequently in people who regularly have migraines with auras.
Does PFO impact your fitness?
PFO’s typically do not disrupt heart function and people are able to exercise and carry out all activities normally. However, some people with PFOs can be at an elevated risk of stroke or suffer other symptoms due to a significant drop in oxygen levels.
How do patients feel after PFO closure?
Expect tenderness or a small bump (size of a quarter) at the procedure site. Bruising is also common at the procedure site. Possible sensations in the chest: palpitations, chest discomfort, or pressure. This is very common about 2 weeks to 6 weeks post closure; usually treatment is NOT required.
How long does it take to recover from a PFO closure?
You should wait at least 48 hours until you drive a car. You can use stairs as necessary; however, you should not put undue stress on your leg where the procedure was performed.
Can PFO cause fatigue?
Dr Ross Sharpe explains “The presence of a large PFO can be a cause of stroke but can also result in a myriad of clinical symptoms. These symptoms can include a feeling of breathlessness or fatigue performing normal day to day tasks, such as hanging out the washing or going for a jog.
Can I exercise with a PFO?