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Have hole in heart, Is it necessary to do the surgery ?

I recently had a small stroke and a TIA apparantly, one on either side of my brain . I have an ASD and ASA, they mentioned about maybe getting this fixed, I am concerned that going through surgery would just create more issues. I have been on blood thinners for 6 yrs after they discovered I had APS/hughes symdrome with acL antibodies and I had a DVT in my jugular vein. They now have me on asprin therapy as well as cholesterol meds too. During the TEE and the bubble test, all the bubbles seemed to go over to the other side - how serious a risk is this and would surgery be the only answer?
Asked On : Thu, 24 Mar 2011
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Cardiologist 's  Response
hi and welcome . ASD and subsequent bubble studies show that your disease is not that bad ie you have not the shunt reversed . being on anticoagulation would be relative limitation for surgery ., patch closure of ASD via CATHETER , would be a good choice rather than open heart surgery . but you need to see your cardiologist and discuss the options . take care
Answered: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Prahlad S. Patki's  Response
There are somethings which medicine cannot do, it will need surgery. Please undergo evaluation by a Cardivascular surgeon and get the treatment. Please do not ignore Aspirin and lipid lowering medicines. Best luck.
Answered: Thu, 18 Aug 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. M. Imran Javid's  Response
HI DEAR
GOOD DAY, AS YOU ARE HAVING ONE EPISODE OD DVT OF JUGLAR VEIN +ONE MINOR TIA ,I THINK ANTICOAGULANT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR YOU RATHER THAN ANTIPLATLET (ASPARIN),IT NEED MONIETRING OF BLOOD TEST CALLED PT,INR
DICUSS IT WITH YOUR PHYSCIAN
TC
Answered: Thu, 18 Aug 2011
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  Anonymous's Response
no its not needed my cousin she got a hole in the heart but u will need to have it done and sex can help the blood curculate around the body
Answered: Thu, 24 Mar 2011
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