26 Year Old Arizona Twins Suffer Strokes


There are so many smaller important stories within this story reported today by ABC News.  As you know, I’ve been “shouting from the sidelines”  for years about all the important lessons within this story.  Keywords: PFO screening, migraine, rise in young stroke, growing rate of obesity, pediatric stroke connection,declining activity level in young and stroke […]

Best Emergency ID for Stroke Survivors


Why I wear an Interactive Road ID The other day I was out for a run with my 11 year old son and we were pushing it a little hard on  hills.  The trail was challenging and was “off the beaten path” a bit and I  suddenly came to the realization (as my heart was […]

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 […]

On May 1st I received Closure on the Question of PFO Closure


My percutaneous closure to repair a PFO Yes, you already may know “MAY” is National Stroke Awareness Month.  What you may not know is May 1st will always have a different meaning for me.  On May 1st, 2007 I had heart surgery or percutaneous closure to repair a PFO (patent foramen ovale) that is believed […]

Tragic case of Death by Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) in a Young Soccer Player


This tragedy once again points to the need for better heart and cardiovascular screening and awareness of congenital heart defects in our young athletes. – David Dansereau,MSPT  know-stroke.org As reported in the March 2013 Journal of Invasive Cardiology  (J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2013;25(3):162-164) Abstract: A 34-year-old male patient was referred for primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment […]

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 […]