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.

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Who has patent foramen ovale on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 25 say patent foramen ovale is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 4
30s 14
40s 21
50s 16
60s 11
70+ 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 16
Female 54

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 43
Not Diagnosed 3

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