PFO Closure Poll Results Favorable (So Far)


A while back we asked you to take this poll…. Have You Had PFO Closure?  Take Our Quick Poll: Many patient’s report improvement in symptoms and sometimes even complete resolution of symptoms after PFO closure, while other patients report mixed results.  If this applies to you, I hope you’ll chime in here how you feel […]

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 […]

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 […]

NobleStitch PFO Closure


From the Huffington Post posted 8/11/2015 NobleStitch PFO Closure Makes History, Plus an Interview With Tony Nobles   “Noble Stitch PFO Closure Procedure: This is a revolutionary way of closing the PFO tunnel in the heart using only suture.” [Sidebar] Actually not that new, the procedure has been around for some time: See video of […]

3D Printing for Better Heart Occluder Placement


What a brilliant idea!  Heartwire by Medscape presented  a case report where Australian physicians are taking advantage of 3D printing to create an exact replica of the patient’s cardiac anatomy when planning left atrial appendage (LAA) closure procedures.   Can’t help wondering… Could 3-D printing also be used in other cardiac procedures? Perhaps to better size […]

NEVER “too young” to think about Stroke


Another young bright mind, Isaac Webber, is dismissed initially as being “too young” to have a stroke Here’s why we all might want to do a better job recognizing the stroke warning signs….at any age! Just posted this article on my Know Stroke site-Please Read and SHARE! THANK YOU !!

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.

Nickel Allergy Reactions in Septal Closure Devices


MedPage Today reported “in a case series in patients undergoing percutaneous ASD [atrial septal defect] or PFO [patent foramen ovale] closure, particularly those with a history of metal allergy, routine nickel allergy testing should be considered to identify patients at higher risk of an exaggerated inflammatory reaction in whom surgical closure may be favored.” The article went […]

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. […]

Home Stroke Rehab Tip from my Smart Moves Webinar


Home Stroke Rehab Tip for Balance Training [Source] How to Restore Balance and Set Smart Goals After a Stroke Webinar This quick stroke recovery tip is from the stroke rehab tools and tricks section of my recent home stroke recovery webinar.  This quick video shows how to use an alternate and affordable safe harness system at home […]