Originally Posted by portland
I often wonder if my anxiety problem could be related to the PFO.
Most babies born have a PFO that closes after a few weeks. About 25% of these babies will continue to have PFOs that never closed on their own - like you and me. It's a congenital defect - not an anxiety related one. However, high BP can cause your heart to work harder and even cause a larger shunt (blood flow through the PFO). Therefore, it's crucial you take care of yourself, especially when you have a PFO (or ASD/VSD). You want to give your heart as much help as possible.
Are you anxious because of your PFO? That could be the case. But, you have not worry about as your worry can contribute to a new symptom: high BP. More than 90% of people with PFOs live normal life expectancies and without complications. So, the statistics are in our favor.
I DO suffer from anxiety from time-to-time; however, it's NOT because of my PFO - it's because of my MIND! I make myself worry about health related issues and, therefore, cause my BP to spike.