PFO

5 years 1 week ago #26349 by Wrecked
Wrecked created the topic: PFO
I was diagnosed with a PFO few years back at the hospital after sn ultra sound. My condition is not critical.

My diagnose came from two DCI incident's I had. I was confused about both as I did square profile's on most of my deep dives. I didn't bend on the deepest 80mtrs but on 62 & 57mtrs ?

My profile was medium and not aggressive on all my dives.

I am wanting to know if there is help to fix my condition with my heart and does it really help me from being another DCI case.

It's something that I think about all the time.

Appreciate your help. Please no fiction just the facts.

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5 years 1 week ago #295810 by Matty Hamster Diver
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talk with rachel, she had 3 hits before getting hers fixed many years ago. Hasn't been bent since. Doesn't mean you cant get bent, just not from bubbles crossing over. Operation was one day to fix and key hole in nature. operation has risks, and like any thing you need to weigh up the potential up side from the down. op is one day, walk in walk out, with about 2 weeks of limited activity, and 6 months of post op drugs from memory.

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5 years 1 week ago #295816 by Alien
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Since you are Melbourne based I suggest you get your GP to refer you on to the excellent hyperbaric centre at the Alfred to see Ian Millar and/or Dr Andrew Fock, Head of Hyperbaric service. They may then refer you on to a vascular surgeon with the option of getting your PFO repaired. What happened after your diagnosis via ultrasound did they not give you options then? PFOs are quite common and can be a common cause of unexplained DCS hits. I had a cave student in Sydney who has had hers repaired and is now back diving after a break of quite a few months to let it heal.
Good luck.

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5 years 1 week ago #295823 by Mike
Mike replied the topic: PFO
What sort of 'bends'?
Neuro bends and skin bends seem to be correlated with PFO, pain only, not so much.
What sort of PFO? Spontaneously shunting, or mostly closed?

I have a history of migraine with aura - which correlates with PFOs. I have had a couple of bends incidents - one pain only resolved with treatment, one skin bend resolved with Gin and Foo fighters. Both were after two dives in a day, 50m stuff. Both I did OK ish deco - a small incident on each, but nothing dramatic - just stuff that happens from time to time.

I haven't been tested for PFO, as I don't think that my personal risk of DCI is higher than the risk imposed by closing a PFO - so even if I got a positive result, I wouldn't get the PFO fixed. Two mild incidents in ~500 deco dives over 20 years is a risk I'm OK with. (And I have discussed this at great length with people who know what they are talking about. They agree that I will die, probably sometime in the next 50 years)

So I'd second Terry's suggestion - go chat with Fockie et al. They'll take you through the risks and hopefully help you decide what to do. Which may be nothing, or may be have the PFO repaired for some peace of mind.

Mike

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5 years 6 days ago #295831 by Wrecked
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Originally posted by Alien

Since you are Melbourne based I suggest you get your GP to refer you on to the excellent hyperbaric centre at the Alfred to see Ian Millar and/or Dr Andrew Fock, Head of Hyperbaric service. They may then refer you on to a vascular surgeon with the option of getting your PFO repaired. What happened after your diagnosis via ultrasound did they not give you options then? PFOs are quite common and can be a common cause of unexplained DCS hits. I had a cave student in Sydney who has had hers repaired and is now back diving after a break of quite a few months to let it heal.
Good luck.




Not critical so no options. I would really like to remove this from the equation when diving plus I want to some 50-70mtr dives again.

My first bend was bad and took week of treatments. Second no so bad just a few treatments. The doctor at Wesley just liked coming in on his weekends.

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