A video guide to learn about patent foramen ovale (PFO) and learn about resources and related health topics.


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Nickel Allergy Reactions in Septal Closure Devices


MedPage Today reported “in a case series in patients undergoing percutaneous ASD [atrial septal defect] or PFO [patent foramen ovale] closure, particularly those with a history of metal allergy, routine nickel allergy testing should be considered to identify patients at higher risk of an exaggerated inflammatory reaction in whom surgical closure may be favored.”

The article went to to report  “symptoms of systemic nickel allergy usually don’t include rash, but often present as a combination of chest pain, breathlessness on exertion, and mild leukocytosis and can include migraine and pericarditis as well.”

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Cardiac Device Explant Clears Nickel Allergy Reactions

Local girl befriends Tedy Bruschi after suffering stroke


WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi joined The Rhode Show along with 19-year-old Jamie Coyle.

The Cumberland resident became friends with Tedy because the two have something in common.

They both had to overcome the challenges of having a stroke at a young age. Jamie was only 12 years old when she had hers.

Click here to find out more about Stroke Awareness.

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