Perhaps PFO needs to be better recognized as a “Syndrome” to get equal treatment

“After all, accurate diagnosis and treatment of plica in the knee, or “plica syndrome”, has an accepted surgical option after conservative treatment and medical management has failed.” –DP Dansereau, MS,PT for First, here’s some quick background: Plica syndrome, while being quite well known to physical therapists and physicians specializing in physical medicine and orthopedics, […]

Exercise Guidelines for PFO Patients Needed

The PFO Research Foundation recently met in Washington, DC for its first PFO Summit.  I attended the event and was hoping for both practical and selfish reasons to get some clarity on exercise guidelines from some of the world’s top authorities on PFO.  Instead, what I learned in one of the breakout sessions aimed at […]

Australian Grant will go towards researching best stroke recovery outcomes

As reported by, an Australian study hopes to make strides at determining which type of stroke rehabilitation protocol is best for recovery following a stroke.   Here’s the article with more stroke recovery information on this important grant… With 60,000 Australians expected to suffer from a stroke this year alone, a new study aims […]

After a stroke work with your medical provider to cover all your treatment options

by David Dansereau for Life after a stroke can be like living with a ticking time bomb.  The reality is that a second, possibly fatal stroke can very well follow the first.  In 2006, I survived a second stroke and shortly thereafter I vowed to make that one my last.  I researched all my […]

Stroke survivors take note: FDA notice on Plavix

SOURCE: FDA MedWatch Plavix (clopidogrel): Reduced effectiveness in patients who are poor metabolizers Audience: Cardiology healthcare professionals, patients FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that a Boxed Warning has been added to the prescribing information for Plavix, an anti-blood clotting medication. The Boxed Warning in the drug label will include information to: Warn about reduced […]

AHA Press release on PFO: More patients needed in clinical trials to find treatment for heart condition linked to certain strokes

 Article source: American Heart Association media room   News Releases More patients needed in clinical trials to find treatment for heart condition linked to certain strokes Statement Highlights: Patent foramen ovale (PFO), an opening between the two chambers of the heart, has been associated with some strokes for which there has been no identifiable cause. […]

Do stroke victims work harder using new gaming technologies?

Research Update: Recently I had the chance to try out the Nintendo Wii Fit system for the first time. I’ll plan to follow up with a post later on my thoughts on this device as a stroke rehabilitation tool. Since using the system and forming my own opinion, I wanted to research how other therapists […]

PFO and CardioSeal info

Source: Patent Foramen Ovale Your septum The septum is the muscular wall separating the heart into the left and right sides. The atrial septum is the wall separating the atria (the two upper chambers). The ventricular septum is the wall separating the ventricles (the two lower chambers). Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) The foramen ovale […]