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Old 22 December 2009, 10:42   #1
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Question for the divers....

Diving is something I've always wanted to try ever since I got a Job working in the Northern diver factory in my early teens. Was told I couldn't do it due to having a small hole in my heart.
But I was wondering, is there any kind of diving I could do? I'm not sure of the ins and out's but I guess I'm restricted to pressure?
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This could go downhill rapidly...
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You have to have a medical which you'll more than likely fail.
You could do snorkelling, granted its not diving but its alot cheaper and less chance of you pegging it!

Shouldn't be long before we're in the bilges!
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these holes are cald shunts look at the bsac sites as this is discussed on aon going basis
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I assume that you are reffering to PFO. PFO will not preclude you from diving if the hole is small.
http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/me...p?articleid=50
http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/me...p?articleid=70

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Ok before we go on, please can no one use the word Muff in any of the replies.

I know naff all about this so please excuse a silly question. What depth is it possible to go to with no risk of extra pressure on the old ticker?

And before anyone says, I know we all have a hole in the heart but I've got an extra one due an operation in my early teens.

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I personnally also had a hole in my heart. I was operated on as a baby. The hole prevented one the valves from closing if that is any help to you. "Inter ventricrical" or somethings like that. Is there a docter in the house? I now coach freediving and regularly go past 25 meters depth. This does not mean however that you are in the same case a me.

What i'd suggest is that you go a see a BSAC recognised doctor with all the information you might have about your condition and ask that doctor what he/she thinks.

Personally I never really enjoyed bottle diving. Too much time wasted for not alot of time in the water. Try a bit of snorkelling to start with. You can be a lot more descret and see things that bottle divers will never see.
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they wont let you dive old mate, although sport diving is a walk in the park i wouldn't put my self though it if there was any chance that something could go wrong
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Is inter ventricular where the hole is between the left and right ventricle? Sorry, off topic but that stuff interest me.

Mine is in the wall of the left ventricle where the surgeon burned part of the myocardial wall away to stop a 'short circuit'
I know if I ask the doc (or the prof in my case) the answer will be a big NO! but things have turned out a bit bleak with my health. And I don't want to be unfit to do absolutely nothing and full of regrets. Divings' on the list of things to do.
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they wont let you dive old mate, although sport diving is a walk in the park i wouldn't put my self though it if there was any chance that something could go wrong
Thing is mate, 'They' wont know
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