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Dave71, January 16,  2021  9:55pm EST

49 yr old male with Afib, PFO w right to left shunt, pulmonary hypertension

Hi I am a 49 yr old male with several comirbid cardiovascular disorders. I had my first episode of Afib at 25 following several bouts of strep throat which resulted in having my tonsils removed. Following this episode, things had settled down until the past year when my afib returned as well as being diagnosed with hypertension prior to undergoing a laparoscopic cholestectomy and hernia repair. 
My BP has ranged from 150/90 to 181/100. I'm on 3 separate BP medications in addition to Xaltera (I think I spelled it right) for blood clots that were recently detected following a procedure. I underwent a TEE on 12/15/20 after two separate echocardiogram as found a PFO w/right to left shunt with moderate right ventricular dialation and mild left atria dialation and mild tricuspid regurhitation. 
I met with a cardiac surgeon earlier this week and recommendations are to have my PFO closed once the Xaltera runs it's prescribed course.

im getting (I have been concerned), however I finally feel validated in knowing my underlying problems are finally being addressed.

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, January 19,  2021  5:13pm EST


    Thank you for sharing your story with the community. It's good to hear that you've met with a surgeon and that you feel like your problems are being addressed! To help you learn more, I can share some AFib and High Blood Pressure resources with you. Please keep us updated on how you're doing, we're rooting for you!


    The AHA Team

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, January 20,  2021  9:10am EST

    Dave71, I'm glad to see you are talking with a cardiac surgeon and taking Xarelto (so as to ward off stroke).  Maybe you could also talk with an electrophysiologist (EP) --- they specialize in the treatment of AFib, which seems to be part of your complex cardiovascular disorders.  Also glad to see you are taking blood pressure meds --I take  one med for that permanently (Altace), and it works, but my heart disorders seem very different from yours!  Keep us posted!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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