A Hole in the Heart-Good PFO Tipsheet by stroke.org


Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and Stroke Source: stroke.org and AMA Medical Have you had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke) "out of the blue" with no obvious risk factors? Did doctors check to see if the stroke or TIA may have been caused by a "hole" in the heart called a patent …

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A reply to Tedy Bruschi’s “Never Give Up” book


I sent this letter off back in August of 2007.  I've been inspired by the recent phone calls and posts that have come in with stories all too similar to mine. Because of these stories, I'm going to begin to fill in the gaps of my stroke story and timeine with the purpose of helping …

Share Your Story


If you have arrived at my blog after searching for information on PFO,stroke,migraines and/or are researching the connection between the heart and the brain, I'd like to hear from you. Please consider sharing your own story, or if you'd prefer to reach me in private I can be contacted using the form below. If you'd …

Respect Trial and crypotogenic stroke


Source: http://www.amplatzer.com also see link at end of article from patient education resources Respect Trial - United States AMPLATZER® PFO Occluder - Notice of Availability - Caution: Investigational device. Limited by Federal (U.S.) law to investigational use. THE HEART AND STROKE CONNECTION Evidence indicates there may be a connection between Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and …

Migraine Clinical Trial


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 …

Heart Anatomy and PFO


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 …