I recently got to have a Bubble Echo to determine if I had a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO or hole in the heart), the head stroke consultant was hedging his bets that it may have been the cause of my cerebellar stroke, "putting two and two to make four" in his words. Since, all my other tests came back clear this was the first line of reasoning, however, there is no hole.
So, I think they call this kind of stroke, a "cryptogenic stroke" which means no obvious cause can be found ... yet.
The issue I have right now is the next step. I want to find out what caused my stroke or at least the most likely cause. I assume the Bubble Echo results are sent to the head consultant but what do they do? Do they contact me for further consultations? Or do I need to chase them up via my GP? I don't want to just wait in case my file gets lost in the hospital archives.
This information is important as it might be something they're missing that could cause another stroke down the line.
I am wondering if people have had continual follow-ups and consultations after their stroke with no action on their behalf, or is it a matter of pushing to get some continuity? I only had the stroke in September, I don't want to drop out of the system until some more uncertain details can be resolved.