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What are symptoms of a patent foramen ovale (PFO)?

Dr. Joaquin Solis, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

People with patent foramen ovale (PFO) are at higher risk of stroke and heart failure. Let your doctor know right away or call for emergency help if you have symptoms such as:

  • numbness or tingling in your extremities
  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling in your ankles
  • chest pain
  • change in your activity tolerance

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