King Wilder, 57, never knew he had a hole in his heart until he had a stroke


Listen to this 911 call and share Mr. Wilder’s  chilling experience of what it feels like to be having a stroke and not be able to communicate.  It was later determined that the cause of his stroke was probably caused from a PFO (patent foramen ovale), or hole in his heart.   As shared by […]

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 […]

PFO-Research-Foundation Patient Survey for 2012


Attention PFO Patients: Please Take our 2012 Patient Survey We’re conducting our second PFO-Research-Foundation-Survey for PFO Patients. This survey is only for patients diagnosed with patent foramen ovale (PFO). If you have a PFO your answers to this survey could help other patients and the medical community alike to understand how PFO’s are being diagnosed […]

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, […]

Send in a Faces of Stroke Video for PFO / Stroke Awareness


The National Stroke Association invites you to share your stroke story on video.  Please remember to make mention of PFO and the connection with stroke. I believe they are promoting aFib awareness for stroke this month but until we get a month dedicated to PFO Awareness this will do.  Make a short video and send […]

“The Doctors” Need to Get it Right on PFO Closure


If you agree with my previous post on PFO Closure and Patient Respect (and how the Doctors got it wrong) please SEND YOUR REMARKS Directly to The Doctors and let them know. Here’s How: http://thedoctorstv.com/main/ask_our_doctors Here was mine: Think you need to do a “do over” on your show on PFO (patent foramen ovale) and […]

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 […]

Trade lower stroke risk for higher risk of having a heart attack? Oh boy…what a choice.


According to a recent report on WebMD, Patients taking the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking warfarin. The new study findings, from Cleveland Clinic researchers Ken Uchino, MD, and Adrian V. Hernandez, MD, PhD, are based on a fairly […]