FDA approves Amplatzer


News announcement from FDA you'll be interested in if you've suffered a cryptogenic stroke from a suspected PFO and need more choice for treatment

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New American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Guidelines on PFO Closure in Cryptogenic Stroke are Discouraging


AAN Ruling Again on P values NOT Patient Values [In my opinion this is very discouraging news and more evidence to show there is still a great divide in how neurologists and cardiologists treat cryptogenic stroke with known PFO.] Despite the hard work of PFO patients (like myself) to make a difference by providing testimony and …

FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel Votes to Approve Amplatzer PFO Occluder


Post by David Dansereau,MSPT Know-Stroke.org On May 24,2016 I provided patient testimony at the Circulatory System Device Panel at the FDA along with Bray Patrick-Lake and Peggy Mahrt of the PFO Research Foundation and several other patients who also traveled to Washington DC to share their stories.   I wanted to share my FDA  testimony …

FDA Announces First-Ever Patient Engagement Advisory Committee


FDA Announcement on New Patient Engagement Initiative Source FDA Today the FDA is announcing the establishment of the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) to help assure that the needs and experiences of patients are included as part of the FDA’s deliberations on complex issues relating to the regulation of medical devices and their use by patients. While …

Amplatzer cardiac plug “very promising device” study suggests


Amplatzer Plug Cuts Stroke, Bleeding Risks in AFib According to Study Almost eight years out post pfo closure and the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I get an "Amplatzer" Google alert.  I guess it will always be that way until we get better guidelines and follow-up for PFO patients. …

A Year in Review- Still No Closure on PFO Closure!!


 PFO Closure Progress: Still in the Dark Ages? These PFO posts still remain two of my most popular posts in 2014 according to WordPress site stats for “Year in Review” which makes me sad actually because it probably means folks are still looking for closure on PFO closure (2 years after the original PFO closure/"Dark …

Statin Drugs and Stroke Prevention: What to Do Now?


by David Dansereau for www. know-stroke.org There were new guidelines announced earlier this week for statin therapy and heart disease /stroke prevention that would by some estimates double the number of Americans on cholesterol-lowering medications.  Statin drugs are already amongst the most widely prescribed medications in the world. Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN tweeted whether …