Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

A patent foramen ovale is often discovered during imaging tests for other conditions or to look for causes of stroke.

After a patent foramen ovale has been diagnosed, you'll likely have numerous questions for your doctor. Some questions you may want to ask include:

  • What caused this to happen?
  • How dangerous is this condition?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What are the risks of a procedure to close the patent foramen ovale?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
  • Do I or my child need to restrict activity in any way?
  • Could I have passed this condition to my child?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?
Nov. 01, 2012