Respect Trial and crypotogenic stroke


Source: http://www.amplatzer.com also see link at end of article from patient education resources Respect Trial – United States AMPLATZER® PFO Occluder – Notice of Availability – Caution: Investigational device. Limited by Federal (U.S.) law to investigational use. THE HEART AND STROKE CONNECTION Evidence indicates there may be a connection between Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and […]

Migraine Clinical Trial


I’ve added this information to my blog in response to the many requests I received for individuals searching for more information on the migraine/PFO connection. This information below was snagged directly from the patient education area of the website for the Amplatzer PFO occluder (the device I had implanted in May 07). The link at […]

Heart Anatomy and PFO


source: http://www.amplatzer.com/ Understanding PFO The heart is divided into four separate chambers. The upper chambers, or atria, are divided by a wall called the atrial septum. The foramen ovale is a flap or tunnel shaped hole in the atrial septum during fetal development that allows blood to travel through the heart without going to the […]

Letter to Harpo


Written October 11, 2007 Harpo Productions PO Box 909715 Chicago, IL 60607   Dear Oprah;   Thank you and your girls from the bottom of my *renewed* heart. I am a stroke survivor and have 152 incredible girls from your school to thank for getting me through perhaps the toughest challenge of my life. Your […]

Letter to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse


October 10, 2007   The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse United States Senate 502 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510   Dear Senator Whitehouse:   As a stroke survivor and volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, I would like to thank you for cosponsoring the Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention (STOP Stroke) […]

Tedy’s Team and the Falmouth Road Race


8 August 2007 To the editor of The Valley Breeze (Cumberland,RI); I am not sure where, how, or even if you might be able to use these thoughts but I feel it is important that I share my story to help educate others and raise awareness about stroke. If you could place this in your […]

Tedy’s Team Fundraiser / Falmouth Road Race


July 2007 To My Friends and Family; I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy. I am writing to each of you because I have taken on an exciting challenge and I need your help. As you may already be aware, I have become involved with Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. You […]