If divers test positive for patent foramen ovale (PFO), they may choose to stop diving or take steps to mitigate future risks. A five-year DAN study analyzed those who underwent a closure procedure and those who did not.
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a relatively benign cardiac defect that creates a passage in a wall that normally separates the left and right upper chambers of the heart. But preferred treatment is up for debate.
Three divers share their stories with their experiences with closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Post-operation, all three divers are back to diving but prove how individualized surgeries and recoveries can be.