Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Another hole-in-the-heart resource

My trusty Google alert flagged another information resource about a common heart defect that is suspected to lead to strokes under certain conditions.

The defect -- called a patent foramen ovale -- is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart. Everybody is born with the hole, which normally is closed shortly after birth. For previous entries on my own experience, you can click here, here or here.

The latest one is from iVillage Total Health (click here to read the article) and covers the basic facts about the defect, symptoms (which are usually nonexistent) and diagnosis, treatment and good questions for your doctor.

The site is limited but has some video and other explanatory content that might help in your search for information.