Is PFO closure Back in the “Dark Ages”?


Are Closure Devices for Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) safe? Do they offer a better quality of life over medical management? Should you exercise with/without closure? What exercises are safe? Can you have sex with a PFO? Should you fly? Is scuba safe? Is device erosion a real risk? Will my […]

$3 Billion in Shame for Glaxo Smith Kline today, But even more Blame should go to the FDA


Glaxo  is the most recent drug maker to face hefty penalties for improper drug marketing activities.  As reported today,   Glaxo (GSK) agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 billion to resolve allegations that it illegally promoted prescription medicines and failed to report safety data.  The settlement is the largest-ever awarded in a health-care fraud […]

PFO Research Foundation Responds to Clinical Trial Data


“…patients are more than a P-value and in the case of PFO the quality of life can be very different between a patient who is tolerating medical therapy well and one who is not. ”  -Bray Patrick-Lake | President and CEO of the PFO Research Foundation PO Box 20849, Boulder, CO 80308 Telephone O:1.888.736.2477 Press […]

P90X vs. P2X1: Which is better for stroke prevention?


I know you’ve heard of P90x, the  popular DVD / infomercial pitch to get you fit, right?  But what about P2X1?? P2X1 is the lesser known, (newly discovered) but soon to be heavily pitched  ‘biochemical switch’, which is associated with strokes and heart disease when it is ‘turned on’.   According to new research reported today the Big Pharma scientists […]

Trade lower stroke risk for higher risk of having a heart attack? Oh boy…what a choice.


According to a recent report on WebMD, Patients taking the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking warfarin. The new study findings, from Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD, are based on a fairly […]

Gore Medical Products Division Purchases Closure 1 Data from NMT Medical


  The purchase of  this stroke and PFO (patent foramen ovale) data from Closure 1 as well as intellectual property is reported to be ” in the spirit of collaboration and in the interest of advancing scientific and medical understanding”. posted by David Dansereau for know-stroke.org FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Oct 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — W. […]

Flip Flops, Groin Kicks and Physicians without Heart have no place in PFO Patient Care


Flip Flops, Groin Kicks and Physicians without Heart have no place in PFO Patient Care By David Dansereau,MSPT for www.know-stroke.org I admit, I’ve needed a boost to get back to my know-stroke blog after almost a month away from posting.  You see, I’ve been working hard at expanding my physical therapy business recently but have never […]

Could “What’s in Your Water?” increase your stroke risk??


A report released earlier today by Reuters showed a correlation between high arsenic levels in a Michigan district’s drinking water with a nearly two-fold increase in stroke risk for that area studied.  While this is only one study it is an area that is of particular interest, not only in Michigan but especially in many […]

Obese Kids at Increased Heart and Stroke Risk ?


  Passing Along: Just posted on My-Physical-Therapy-Coach.com Childhood-Obesity Study: Young Obese Kids Have Old Hearts In this study that looked at childhood-obesity and the changes in the heart, it was the aorta specifically that showed early changes, consistent with the hearts of much older adults. Permalink — click for full blog post “Childhood-Obesity Study: Young […]

Will VH1 show Bret Michaels’ PFO Closure?


According to About.com’s surgery blog Bret Michael’s is scheduled to undergo PFO closure in January.  In this quick poll, I’d like to know how you think VH1 and Bret Michael’s new show Life As I Know It will address the controversial medical topic of PFO closure. Should VH1 show Bret’s PFO surgery and discuss the […]