Yes, I admit, my posts these days on my stroke blog have been few and far between. I have been extremely busy (more on this shortly) but I had to comment on this story right away before I bookmarked it and it got eventually lost in a sea of other things “to do”.
Liz Bestic, a health reporter in the U.K. recently heard the words “You have Had a Stroke” . I would otherwise have no reason to know this other than Google Alerts gives me a poke every time the words PFO (patent foramen ovale) and exercise (as well as a few other PFO/stroke combinations I follow) appear in the news and shortly thereafter in my email. Mostly these days I don’t get through all the alerts but “PFO Exercise Guidelines” still are tops on my radar because it is an area where much uncertainty remains and physician/patient EDUCATION still is lacking or non-existent depending upon who you ask.
Liz Bestic reveals in her great article about her stroke and PFO diagnosis that she is exercising while she ponders a difficult decision on what to do next. While this was the last interesting point made in her article and is what probably triggered the PFO/exercise/Google “link” that now has me linking her to my blog I hope it isn’t the last on this important theme. I do wish Miss Bestic well in her recovery and on her decision on how to best treat her PFO. I also hope it may happen that she will find it timely to perhaps do another follow-up story as she now will no-doubt become an expert on the same PFO/stroke journey many of us have already taken. Miss Bestic may in fact be in a unique position as a survivor and health reporter to help improve this education gap. Who knows, perhaps Google may be able to help with this important alert too. I welcome all your comments, and especially those of Miss Bestic if she happens to have her own name “tagged” and finds us here.
Here’s the link to her article and it is worth the read right away, don’t just bookmark it “for later” 🙂
David Dansereau for know-stroke.org