Chinese herbal remedy NeuroAid no more effective for stroke recovery than placebo in recent clinical trial


A Chinese herbal remedy NeuroAid (by Moleac), which is widely marketed* to improve stroke recovery failed to show it was any more useful than a placebo in a large,three month multi-center clinical trial.  This double-blind, placebo-controlled trial randomized 1100 patients with a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score 6 to 14, within 72 hours […]

On May 1st I received Closure on the Question of PFO Closure


My percutaneous closure to repair a PFO Yes, you already may know “MAY” is National Stroke Awareness Month.  What you may not know is May 1st will always have a different meaning for me.  On May 1st, 2007 I had heart surgery or percutaneous closure to repair a PFO (patent foramen ovale) that is believed […]

Video Update on PFO Clinical Trials this Year


Shared with permission from PFO Research Foundation. Be sure to visit the PFO Research Foundation website at pforesearch.org

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? 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 […]

St. Jude Medical RESPECT Trial for PFO Closure Provides Clinical Evidence of Risk Reduction in Prevention of Recurrent Cryptogenic Stroke – MarketWatch


“The Street” is certainly on the pulse of PFO as you may already be aware.  They were first to report.  But what does it mean??  Be careful not to just follow St. Jude stock today.  Here’s the early MarketWatch Report: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/st-jude-medical-respect-trial-for-pfo-closure-provides-clinical-evidence-of-risk-reduction-in-prevention-of-recurrent-cryptogenic-stroke-2012-10-25  

PFO Patients, be cautious what to EXPECT from RESPECT Clinical Trial


The PFO chatter around TCT may indeed be a bit more popular this week than in previous years, but RESPECT will only get PFO closure back to “base camp” at best if the results show promise. -DP Dansereau, Know-Stroke.org I am remided of the “base camp” reference made for PFO closure that stuck in my […]

What is the most frequent source of cardioembolic stroke in young adults?


This question (and the answer below) appeared in today’s Resident e-Bulletin / Teaching Topics from the New England Journal of Medicine Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is the most frequent cardioembolic risk factor for stroke in young adults. Others include congenital heart disease, infectious nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis, rheumatic valvular heart disease, cardiac surgery or catheter intervention, […]

Got Brain? Consume this Ingredient and Destroy Your Memory and Brain Function


This article is being reposted with permission by Dr. Mercola:  A Must Read if You Care About Preserving Your Brain By Dr. Mercola It’s a fact that excess dietary fructose can harm your body by setting up the conditions for diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver, but what does it do to your brain? Studies have not […]