I am a 49 yr old female who had a stroke one week ago. After having a TEE, my doctor told me I had an atrial septal aneurysm. I understand what it is, but have no clue what they do about this!!! He mentioned pills or surgery - but I am not even 50. Can't this thingy be repaired? Help!!!
This is a diificult area and there is no scientific data that closure --either by device or surgery is better than medication for a PFO. There is however an association between stroke and patients with a PFO/atrial septal aneurysm. Different doctors have different opinions but again there is no clear data on which is best--medicine or closure. You should see an interventional cardiologist who does the procedure and listen to the risks and benefits.
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