Patent foramen ovale

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What is patent foramen ovale?

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is a congenital atrial septal defect. Before birth, a fetus has a hole between the left and right atria (upper chambers of the heart). PFO is characterized by a failure of that hole to close naturally.

Common symptoms reported by people with patent foramen ovale

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with patent foramen ovale

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Methyl B-12 Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with patent foramen ovale, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with patent foramen ovale

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
chemical menopause drug interactions 2 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Methyl B-12 Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with patent foramen ovale, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has patent foramen ovale on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 5
30s 13
40s 17
50s 16
60s 5
70+ 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 15
Female 42

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 40
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from patent foramen ovale patients who have completed their condition history
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