Activity restrictions are unnecessary unless there are associated problems that you and your cardiologist have discussed. However, after PDA device closure, patients will be advised to refrain from strenuous activity and heavy lifting for at least 6 months.
Antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental or other surgical procedures is no longer recommended for patients with patent PDA to prevent endarteritis (infection of arteries). After PDA device closure or surgical ligation, antibiotic prophylaxis is still required up to 6 months depending on whether the defect has completely closed.
Women with small PDA are able to carry through their pregnancy well. However, it is still important to discuss any concerns on pregnancy with the cardiologist.
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