I have read a few comments on topics regarding Patent Foramen Ovale since joining Women Heart Support Community and decided it was time to write my own experience.
I used to be a very fit and healthy young woman. A previous dancer, runner and took regular exercise. One day when out running I felt unwell, thinking that I was probably coming down with something decided that I should go home. On returning home, after about 20 minutes I collapsed, when I came around my left arm had gone numb and felt very cold. Not knowing what had happened I got my partner to take me to the doctors. The doctor sent me to the hospital. Unfortunately, I was never tested for a stroke at the hospital and spent four years going around in circles having many tests until finally last year I was diagnosed with a PFO. It was then confirmed that I'd had a stroke and the PFO was the cause.
My left arm has not regained full strength and I suffer with loss of grip and it will suddenly go cold. My debilitating symptoms are palpitations, breathless, dizzy spells, exhaustion, uncontrollable sweats when I try to walk do mild exercise, migraines. I have met with my surgeon today who has advised me that I am now on the waiting list for PFO Closure but he tells me that he doubts my symptoms will improve after surgery and that it is likely they are not related to the PFO. I don't believe this because I used to be fine but now I am not and from reading so many other discussions and learning of other peoples experiences I would be interested to hear from anyone who has had a PFO/Stroke and closure and if they have had any improvement with their symptoms?