No treatment is necessary unless there are other heart problems or the blood is not carrying enough oxygen to the body. Sometimes PFO may cause blood clots to form in the legs, especially in older people. These clots can travel through the heart to the brain, causing a stroke.
Medications such as anti-platelet therapy or blood thinners may be prescribed for stroke prevention. In certain circumstances, closure of the opening between the heart chambers may be recommended. This can be done in one of two ways:
The experienced team of cardiologists at The Heart Center at Mercy can perform a complete evaluation of your condition and help you select the treatment plan that is best for you.