PFO Patient Survey Update

The first ever PFO Patient Survey is now closing in on nearly 200 completed surveys!  Thank you if you have already taken a few minutes of your time to complete this important survey.   We still need your help,  so if you have procrastinated a bit and said “I’ll get to it later”  now is the time to check this important task off your list.

Our group needs  your help now.  PLEASE give us your input here:

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Stroke Recovery Training Takes Time (and Hard Work!)

This challenging full body lunge exercise provides great balance and coordination retraining follow a stroke

Post by David Dansereau for

This is one exercise I sometimes  still visualize in my sleep and continue to work on to improve my balance post  stroke.  I’ve since been able to give it a boost by trying it with heavier weights, with my front leg on a Total Gym glideboard,  and at times even successfully with my eyes closed.

Use caution and modify to your level of fitness / rehabilitation when needed*

Intensity Level:  Moderate Difficulty with disc as shown

Lunge with Balance Disc
1) Stand with feet hip width apart. Take leg and step back approximately 2 feet standing on the ball of the foot. Place the front foot on a balance disc (or use the floor without disc for beginners).
2) Start position: Feet should be positioned at a staggered stance with head and back erect and straight in a neutral position.  Hold medicine ball in front of your chest for added challenge.
3) Lower body by bending at hip and knee until thigh is parallel to floor. Body should follow a straight line down towards the floor.
4) Return to start position while raising the medicine ball overhead and repeat. Alternate or switch to other leg after prescribed reps.

5)Stroke Rehab Tip:  Use a mirror and focus on a central point straight in front of you and always train both sides

This exercise is from my PT coaching

*You should follow a rep and set sequence that makes sense for your level of rehab or conditioning.  If you are working with a physical therapist or qualified trainer consult with them first about adding this full body balance exercise to your  stroke recovery training.

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Launches First Patient Survey

We want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to help us learn more about the PFO patient experience by taking our first PFO Patient Survey.

This survey is only for patients diagnosed with patent foramen ovale (PFO). If you have a PFO, your answers to this survey could help other patients and the medical community alike to understand how PFO’s are being diagnosed and treated.

Learn more and take the PFO survey here

Study suggests better imaging needed to detect possible embolism from patent foramen ovale (PFO)

Quote from recent study reported in Cardiology Today:

Wöhrle J. J Am Coll Cardiol Img. 2010;3:833–839.

PFO Heart Defect
Image Courtesy of PFO Research Foundation

“It adds to the growing body of evidence that a PFO has multiple, potentially adverse, consequences that are often not noticed. Although a plethora of literature addresses stroke in patients with a PFO, no systematic study has evaluated embolism in other organ systems,” he wrote. “[This study] also encourages the introduction of better imaging to detect currently unidentified pathology.”

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