Another stroke overlooked in a young adult


It took 30 minutes for friends and coworkers to call 911 and get help for then 19 year old Phoebe Dow.   They were trying to figure out, “Are you Ok”?  “Are you intoxicated?” Phoebe was not OK, she was having a stroke.  But, that couldn’t be, right?  “Everyone knows kids and young adults can’t  have […]

Heart Stopper of the Week: “St. Jude Recalls Amplatzer”


If you have one of these in your ticker, you certainly don’t want to pop open your email like I did earlier this week and find this headline in a google alert for Amplatzer: St. Jude Recalls Amplatzer Device – Yahoo! Finance From Yahoo! Finance: St. Jude is voluntarily recalling its Amplatzer… Important note: Fortunately […]

Notre Dame’s Hegarty sidelined by stroke from “holes” in heart


Attention: Athletes- Parents- Coaches- Trainers – KNOW-STROKE !! “I hope Matt makes a quick return to the game he loves. I also sincerely hope the sports community in particular hear Matt’s stroke story and realize that stroke can happen to young athletes.  Finally, I urge trainers, parents, coaches AND physicians NOT to simply sit on […]

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 […]

“The Doctors” Need to Get it Right on PFO Closure


If you agree with my previous post on PFO Closure and Patient Respect (and how the Doctors got it wrong) please SEND YOUR REMARKS Directly to The Doctors and let them know. Here’s How: http://thedoctorstv.com/main/ask_our_doctors Here was mine: Think you need to do a “do over” on your show on PFO (patent foramen ovale) and […]

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 […]