PFO Post Closure ” Do I take these pills for life? “


Once a hole in the heart is plugged with a PFO closure device the common question asked by patients is how long does one need to continue antiplatelet therapy?   According to a new analysis reported in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, long-term follow-up of patients who underwent patent foramen ovale (PFO) […]

Another PFO trial shows evidence of better outcomes for stroke patients following PFO closure


The findings support results of several trials and suggest that patients with a higher-risk #PFO are likely to benefit from a pfo closure device. According to findings presented at the 67th American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session,  patients who received a medical device to close a patent foramen ovale (PFO) after a stroke fared better […]

Are cardiologists and neurologists finally working together to find consensus on the role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure after stroke?


The decision to close a PFO after a stroke should certainly only be made after extensive testing and collaboration by patients and clinicians working closely together.  From my experience being involved as a stroke patient advocate and following the stories of cryptogenic stroke patients with PFO over time, I’ve learned first hand that part of […]

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

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 […]

King Wilder, 57, never knew he had a hole in his heart until he had a stroke


Listen to this 911 call and share Mr. Wilder’s  chilling experience of what it feels like to be having a stroke and not be able to communicate.  It was later determined that the cause of his stroke was probably caused from a PFO (patent foramen ovale), or hole in his heart.   As shared by […]

Is PFO closure now a black hole for medicine?


-by David Dansereau,MSPT  Know-Stroke.org I admit, I was drifting in thought as I watched the movie Interstellar with my boys over the weekend. The 2014 movie stars Matthew McConaughey who plays Cooper, an ex-pilot who must leave his family on Earth behind to lead an expedition beyond our galaxy through a black hole to discover […]

New Report Released : Closure versus medical therapy for preventing recurrent stroke in patients with patent foramen ovale and a history of cryptogenic stroke or transient ischemic attack


PFO Closure vs. Medical Therapy Published Sept. 8 2015 Cochrane.org The authors of this report wanted to compare the safety and effectiveness of transcatheter device closure (TDC) versus medical therapy in people with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) who have suffered a stroke of unknown cause in order to prevent strokes or similar events occurring again. Key results: The Cochrane […]

A video guide to learn about patent foramen ovale (PFO) and learn about resources and related health topics.


Know about PFO (patent foramen ovale) and related heart and brain topics of interest to your health. More videos just added: Watch new videos to know about patent foramen ovale (PFO) and learn about resources and related health topics.

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 […]