What the medical device industry could learn from the auto industry about proper PFO patient care


PFO Patients Need a Comprehensive Care Plan and Owner’s Warranty for Service Just came from my 5000 mile service check on our new car.  The “Maintenance Required” light had been on for over a week so I quickly scheduled an appointment and got in for an early weekend appointment.  Granted, it was the first time […]

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 […]

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 […]

PFO-Research-Foundation Patient Survey for 2012


Attention PFO Patients: Please Take our 2012 Patient Survey We’re conducting our second PFO-Research-Foundation-Survey for PFO Patients. This survey is only for patients diagnosed with patent foramen ovale (PFO). If you have a PFO your answers to this survey could help other patients and the medical community alike to understand how PFO’s are being diagnosed […]

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, […]

Send in a Faces of Stroke Video for PFO / Stroke Awareness


The National Stroke Association invites you to share your stroke story on video.  Please remember to make mention of PFO and the connection with stroke. I believe they are promoting aFib awareness for stroke this month but until we get a month dedicated to PFO Awareness this will do.  Make a short video and send […]

PFO Patients Still Not getting RESPECT


While the medical community sits quietly waiting to hear the results of the RESPECT  clinical trial data, PFO patients suffer from the ongoing uncertainty of this PFO paradox.-DP Dansereau know-stroke.org I was about to start my day this morning when I took a call from a stroke survivor who was trying to understand why her […]

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 […]