Hey Guys, Don’t be a Ditka!


Take Stroke Warning Signs Seriously Regardless of what Mike Ditka says, STROKE IS a “Big Deal”. You may have heard recently Mike Ditka had a minor stroke a few weeks back while playing cards at his country club.   This story grabbed some media headlines and it was first reported by Dan Pompei of the […]

St. Jude Medical RESPECT Trial for PFO Closure Provides Clinical Evidence of Risk Reduction in Prevention of Recurrent Cryptogenic Stroke – MarketWatch


“The Street” is certainly on the pulse of PFO as you may already be aware.  They were first to report.  But what does it mean??  Be careful not to just follow St. Jude stock today.  Here’s the early MarketWatch Report: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/st-jude-medical-respect-trial-for-pfo-closure-provides-clinical-evidence-of-risk-reduction-in-prevention-of-recurrent-cryptogenic-stroke-2012-10-25  

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, […]

You Don’t Game Plan for Stroke, but annually there are over 800,000 reasons why you should.


I am one of those 800,000 that did not have a plan for Stroke.  In the next three posts I will try to explain why we need a better approach to Stroke Education-DP Dansereau, Know-Stroke.org Part One: Background As every athlete, coach and supportive parent knows, one of the big reasons for the success of […]

Stroke rate increasing among younger people | 6abc.com


CDC reports stroke rate up 37 percent among young people. See this story and video http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/health&id=8815788

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 […]