Thank you to everyone!
I am a 35 year old male in the Denver area. On October 22nd I suffered a stroke. While in good overall health, the only explananition doctor's were able to come up with for my stroke was a PFO identified during tests.
As a result, I joined the RESPECT study through the South Denver Cardiology Offices under Dr Lee MacDonald's care. Essentially half of those enrolled would be selected to have the closure device and half would simply take medications (ie aspirin). The hypothesis of the study is that closing a PFO will siginificantly reduce/stop continued strokes. I highly recomend anyone who has suffered a stroke with a PFO to join this study.
Well last Monday on December 12th I had my PFO closed at Swedish Medical Center. I was nervous and scared to have the surgery. Reading everyone's stories on here helped so much. It was nice to see that I wasn't alone in this fight. It is hard to believe that so many young people (even those younger than I) are battling strokes. There are some tough stories to read on here...however for the most part everyone seems to have had great success stories when speaking of a PFO closure.
I was in the hospital overnight for observation...never felt any pain and went home the next day. I have resumed my workout routine (with the exception of weights) consisting of cardio - running, biking, etc. This was the best thing I could have done.
To everyone out there - if you have suffered a stroke and have a PFO I highly recommend you have this procedure. While I feel NO different since having the surgery, my family and I have peace of mind knowing the risk has been significantly reduced for having a future stroke.
Thank you for sharing and reading.
Last edited by shane0822; 12-19-2011 at 03:46 PM.