I've added this information to my blog in response to the many requests I received for individuals searching for more information on the migraine/PFO connection. This information below was snagged directly from the patient education area of the website for the Amplatzer PFO occluder (the device I had implanted in May 07). The link at [...]
source: http://www.amplatzer.com/ Understanding PFO The heart is divided into four separate chambers. The upper chambers, or atria, are divided by a wall called the atrial septum. The foramen ovale is a flap or tunnel shaped hole in the atrial septum during fetal development that allows blood to travel through the heart without going to the [...]
Written October 11, 2007 Harpo Productions PO Box 909715 Chicago, IL 60607 Dear Oprah; Thank you and your girls from the bottom of my *renewed* heart. I am a stroke survivor and have 152 incredible girls from your school to thank for getting me through perhaps the toughest challenge of my life. Your [...]
October 10, 2007 The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse United States Senate 502 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Whitehouse: As a stroke survivor and volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, I would like to thank you for cosponsoring the Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention (STOP Stroke) [...]
8 August 2007 To the editor of The Valley Breeze (Cumberland,RI); I am not sure where, how, or even if you might be able to use these thoughts but I feel it is important that I share my story to help educate others and raise awareness about stroke. If you could place this in your [...]
July 2007 To My Friends and Family; I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy. I am writing to each of you because I have taken on an exciting challenge and I need your help. As you may already be aware, I have become involved with Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. You [...]
Update to my story: It has been a long and mostly frustrating several months since the ordeal I spelled out in this article. I thought about pulling down my story and taking it off the web after I finally was cleared to have heart surgery to correct my PFO on May 1st. After much consideration, [...]
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