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:
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- 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?
- Should activity be restricted in any way?
- Could I have passed this condition on to my child?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?
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- Messe SR, et al. Treatment of atrial septal abnormalities (PFO, ASD, and ASA) for prevention of stroke in adults. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed May 28, 2015.
- What to expect during echocardiography. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/echo/during. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- How the heart works. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/chd/heartworks. Accessed June 3, 2015.
- Meschia JF, et al. Guidelines for the primary prevention of stroke: A statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke. 2014;45;3754.
- Furie KL, et al. Overview of secondary prevention of ischemic stroke. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed June 4, 2015.
- Sabate Rotes A, et al. Minimally invasive video-assisted surgical closure of atrial septal defects: A safe approach. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 2014;5:527.
- Fenster BE, et al. Effectiveness of percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale for hypoxemia. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2013;112:1258.
- AskMayoExpert. Patent foramen ovale. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2014.
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- Mankad R (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. June 22, 2015.