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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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 …

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 …

PFO/Migraine/Stroke Discussion not on RI Stroke Conference Agenda


What would you like to say? As someone perhaps concerned about the future research on the PFO/Migraine/Stroke connection please help me evaluate the stroke conference I attended yesterday for the PFO Research Foundation.  As I previously mentioned in a post on our patient advocacy group, I attended the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Stroke Conference: "Getting …

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 …