Amplatzer cardiac plug “very promising device” study suggests


Amplatzer Plug Cuts Stroke, Bleeding Risks in AFib According to Study Almost eight years out post pfo closure and the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I get an “Amplatzer” Google alert.  I guess it will always be that way until we get better guidelines and follow-up for PFO patients. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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  

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 […]