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I had stroke,they did heart ultrasound,now sternum pain.

Please help,had a stroke and they did ultra sound of my heart and every since have had never swollen sternum and other fight pain beside on top of rib cage
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The ultrasound should not have caused any pain whatsoever! See a doctor about that. And ask them to do a transcranial doppler ultrasound (aka "bubbletest") to see if you may have a PFO (hole in your heart) that may have caused your stroke--it caused mine. An astonishing 25% of the population has a PFO and the vast majority have no idea!
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This is really excellent information.  Thank you very much for sharing this with our members. For those reading,, here is additional information on PFO https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/patent-foramen-ovale/symptoms-causes/syc-20353487.  This is definitely something for the poster to have evaluated.
I should have noted that there are two tests to determine if you have a PFO: (1) a transesophageal echo cardiogram (TEE) and (2) a transcranial doppler ultrasound, a.k.a. "bubbletest" The TEE is, in my opinion, not reliable. I had TEE that came back as a false negative. A bubbletest proved otherwise. I then had an 30mm PFO closure device put into my heart to prevent another stoke. Here is a link to a one-minute Youtube video showing the procedure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOtk_FSfHpw
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