Originally Posted by born2bwild
Hi, i had replied to your previous post "complication free PFO" but you didn't respond. I see you results today. Are you symptom free? Also i noticed that it indicated that there was no definate atrial septal defect (hole). I have an actual hole so they tell me i have an ASD. I wasn't sure if a PFO was the same as an ASD? or is the ASD located in the PFO? Your study looked the same as mine in presentation as far as what they were lookin for but because i have the hole, i also have the left to right shunting and the right sided heart enlargement and increased pulmonary pressures as well as tricuspid damage. They told me these were all indications that surgery was needed. Although if they are able to monitor it over time then apparantly it doesn't get to the point of were mine is. Guess i am not really sure of what just PFO on it's on really is, can it develope into an ASD (hole)? I know it is closley related to PFO in some form. You never mentioned how you felt about this test? Are they going to monitor it? Thanks for the imput and hope your well.
PFO is not the same as ASD: an ASD is an actual hole whereas a PFO is more like a tear or overlapping flap of tissue with a non-round opening. Yes - I have no symptoms because it's a clinically insignificant PFO. Approximately 25% of the population has PFOs and don't know it. Typically, like in my case, it's complication-free.
The only similarity that a PFO has to an ASD is that it's located in the same general area: between the left and right atrium of the upper heart.