Amplatzer cardiac plug “very promising device” study suggests


Amplatzer Plug Cuts Stroke, Bleeding Risks in AFib

According to Study

Almost eight years out post pfo closure and the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I get an “Amplatzer” Google alert.  I guess it will always be that way until we get better guidelines and follow-up for PFO patients.

 

This alert however was for a large registry study on the Amplatzer plug for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure.  Read the full report as posted today in TCTMD by Todd Neale.  Caution is warranted despite positive findings of this study. As always, it is wise to always read the full disclosures of those involved for any potential conflicts of interest.

 

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Race Across USA presses on


Meet Newton Baker

Member of the Race Across USA Core Team

In my last post, I asked you “have you quit yet?”.  I want you to think about that question as you meet Newton Baker.


 

Meet Newton Baker, a retired school teacher from Montpelier,VT. On January 16th, the day the #RaceAcrossUSA kicked off in California Newton celebrated his 73rd birthday. He’s one of the core team members that share a common goal- to run 3,080 miles in 140 days. In his own words, he’s running “because some type of consciousness needs to be raised about the childhood obesity and inactivity epidemic in the US”. If Newton can make this journey he’ll be the 2nd oldest person on record to run from coast to coast. You can learn more about Newton in this video and meet the core team here: http://raceacrossusa.org/core-team/

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Now back to the question: Have you quit yet?


What I love about the #RACEACROSSUSA initiative is the mix of science and applied public-outreach work that the runners are calling attention to.  As one of the core team members Bryce Carlson, stated in an interview with NPR– “We’re all capable of becoming a little stronger, or more resilient, than we are.”  

My advice on quitting-

As you look at what these runners are doing each and every day of the next 120+ days or so that remain on their journey, tell yourself, it is not time to quit yet.  If they can run what turns out to be a marathon a day for each leg of this Race Across USA, you can indeed dig a little deeper too and find time to keep your sneakers near your bed to take a run or jog each day over the next 100 days to get your own Body in Balance.

[Personal Sidebar] I share a common mission with this core team on #raceacrossusa to raise awareness for childhood obesity and our nation’s growing nutrition debt.  A portion of all proceeds from my book go to my Bright Minds Kids Education Campaign.

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Have You Quit Yet??


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Each year over 80% of all dieters and exercisers who start a program in January have already thrown in the towel by the first week in February. You can learn why and how to develop “no fail” strategies to avoid this pitfall on my upcoming virtual book tour and body bootcamp kickoff webinar. Free registration opens next week for anyone who has purchased Body in Balance  or is enrolled in Weight Management University http://www.WMU-101.com

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Best Home Stroke Recovery Tips


DavidDansereauAdvancePTMagazineThere are many great questions still coming in from my goal setting webinar for home stroke recovery.  If you attended the live event or rebroadcast and I wasn’t able to answer your questions live, I think I am now caught up and those answers are now in the members area.  Here’s one of the questions that was asked frequently in regards to best home stroke recovery tips to help get your body back in balance:

 

 

Dawn M. asked “What is the best way to regain proper arm and leg movements?”

 

Good question Dawn!

As I mentioned on the webinar, there is no ONE best roadmap to recovery.  There are lots of maps that can be followed, and you may need to follow more than one until you find what works best for you.  I mentioned my PTCMAP on the webinar because I find it is effective at getting patients to write down their goals and start to think about their recovery using a checkbook of sorts to get a starting point when restoring overall health balance. I’ve also had good outcomes with patients using BWSTT (body weight supported treadmill training) as well as FES (functional electric stim) for both the lower and upper extremities.  I provided a resource page for download on Goal Setting that also has links to articles I’ve written over the years on stroke recovery.  Refer to the article I wrote for Advance for PT called Simple Steps where I talk about some of these technologies in more detail.  Here’s the link

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Archives/Article-Archives/Simple-Steps.aspx

Finally, I’ll be gathering more questions from the rebroadcast until the end of this month and putting more resources together for you to help answer your questions.

Keep them coming!


 

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Running to Raise Awareness of Childhood Obesity


RaceAcrossUSA to Raise Awareness for

Childhood Obesity


I want to thank all the courageous and inspiring runners on the RunAcrossUSA team as they get ready to start the first leg of their important cross country journey tomorrow. Please show your support by liking and sharing this photo and heading over to their page to follow them. I encourage you to learn about each of their stories and share “WHY” they are running (to raise awareness for childhood obesity and inactivity)!

Good Luck Runners!!

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Home Stroke Rehab Tip from my Smart Moves Webinar


Home Stroke Rehab Tip for Balance Training

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How to Restore Balance and Set Smart Goals After a Stroke Webinar


This quick stroke recovery tip is from the stroke rehab tools and tricks section of my recent home stroke recovery webinar.  This quick video shows how to use an alternate and affordable safe harness system at home for balance retraining and strengthening for under $15 to help with your home stroke rehab exercises.  Join the webinar rebroadcast at http://www.know-stroke.org and sign up for this educational webinar from my Smart Moves Webinar series.  

Note: At the end of the month this rebroadcast will go into my members area and the replay registration will be removed.  Register and watch the rebroadcast to help jump start your home stroke recovery!

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