The Future of PFO Closure: Is the Glass Half Full or Empty?

Was the PFO tipping point reached with the results of the recent RESPECT Clinical Trial?

PFO Closure Tipping Point

Not Sure, because if you gather all the recent PFO press headlines you’ll still be left wondering what it all means.  Here’s a sampling:

St. Jude Device to Close Heart Holes Fails to Prevent Stroke BloombergNeither study determined that St. Jude’s Amplatzer PFO Occluder significantly reduced risk of a second stroke. One, funded by the St. Paul Minnesota-based
Study shows PFO closure may be superior to medical therapy in  EurekAlertThe condition is usually not treated unless there are other heart problems or the person has a stroke caused by a blood clot. PFO has been a suspected cause
St. Jude Device to Close Heart Holes Fails to Prevent Stroke BusinessweekNeither study determined that St. Jude’s Amplatzer PFO Occluder significantly reduced risk of a second stroke. One, funded by the St. Paul Minnesota-based company, found the device was beneficial once researchers adjusted the data to consider different
St. Jude Medical RESPECT Trial for PFO Closure Provides Clinical MarketWatchwhich studied the AMPLATZER(TM) PFO Occluder in the prevention of recurrent sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, shows that the
Study shows PFO closure may be superior to medical therapy in Medical XpressAccording to the National Institutes of Health, a PFO is a hole between the left PFO has been a suspected cause of cryptogenic stroke, meaning a stroke

If you want RESPECT as a PFO (patent foramen ovale) patient you’ll have to tell your story loud and clear.  If you think the tipping point is here and you want your story to matter please tell it here.  I’m compiling a selection of  compelling patient stories to present in a new format.  If you’ve already shared your PFO/stroke/migraine story on my blog recently I thank you and encourage you to send in an update.  If you’d like more information use the form below or simply copy and paste your story if it is ready to go.  Thank You!

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