Hello I am new to this board and I am grateful that I found it. I was told that I have 2 holes in my heart and my cardiologist recommended that I close one of them. My oxygen drops when I exercise to around 87-88. When I am just sitting its between 92 -96. If you have had a PFO closure can you tell us how you felt before the procedure and how you feel now. I know some people have had this procedure done some years ago, it would be great to hear how you are doing. Would you recommend it or try something else?
Thank you in advance for all your sharing and support.
Hello - I just had a minor stroke and underwent a battery of tests to determine why someone my age with such good health would have a stroke. Tests revealed a significant PFO with an 'aneurysmal wall' (I think I'm spelling that right).
I was prescribed warfarin and given a regimen of warfarin and aspirin. From what I read of warfarin it sounds like a nightmare. The cardiologist had talked about the PFO closure procedure, which he was all for. But my neurologist seemed against it.
I'm only one day out of my 3-day hospital stay and am overwhelmed with the gravity of these options. Any information from people who have had the PFO closure and/or those on warfarin would be deeply appreciated.
I take coumaden and have been on a blood thinner since my mitral valve repair two years ago At first I was given warfarin but it was not effective;thus the change to the brand coumaden. It took several months for them to get to the correct dosage. Now my INR has been stable and I consider the coumaden to be anti stroke insurance
There are no problems with this med. I eat a good sized green salad to keep the vitamin K level up.
Best wishes for your speedy recovery.