10/8/07 #6 - Clinical link between PFOs and migraines?

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  • Full Question:
    Is there a clinical link between PFOs and migraines? Should I be asking my physician for a bubble test? Thanks, Suzanne.





    Dear Suzanne;


    Good questions! At this point, the best answer we can offer to whether there's a clinical link between PFOs and Migraine is possibly. There are clinical trials underway now to test the theory that a PFO may trigger Migraines and if closing the PFO will reduce the number of Migraines experienced. You can find more detailed information in our article, PFO and Migraine - "Hole in the Heart" and Migraine?


    You can certainly talk with your doctor about PFO and the bubble test, but at this time, the PFO closure surgery for Migraine is available only if you enroll in a clinical trial.

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: October 08, 2007