Can’t believe another week has nearly passed.
PFO is for patent foramen ovale, and it is a flap valve hole in the heart. An ASD is a pure hole, but the PFO opens to let unfiltered blood pass only under certain conditions. I think 1/4 of the population have them with no symptoms or problems, but they’ve found that people who have migraine with aura may have risk of stroke if they also have a PFO.
Because I had a history of migraine with aura and then what was diagnosed as a TIA, I had the PFO closed with an Amplantzer device, like a clam shell. The fear is that the TIA is a precursor to a big stroke, so it was a better safe than sorry decision. My overall health is greatly improved after having it repaired, that’s for sure. My migraines are manageable and much fewer, and i’m just a lot more healthy. seems strange that it would be related, but I used to have sinus infections and bronchitis several times a year, and now I don’t. My life is much improved to not be put to bed with migraines several days a month!
Will tell you that this is another one of those areas doctors are divided on. Many think it is quack medicine. A pediatric cardiologist did the PFO closure. He was fantastic, and my internist agreed with doing it, but my cardiologist thought I was nuts.
Hope you’re well.