Do Politicians in Cumberland RI Know Stroke Warning Signs?


I certainly hope so and perhaps they will include the stroke warning signs in their political profiling and typical canned candidate sound bites * in the Valley Breeze because the importance of knowing the stroke warning signs have apparently taken a back seat to politics, at least for “one more week”. Here’s what Tom Ward, […]

New AHA/ASA Recurrent Stroke Prevention Guidelines Released


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association published updated guidelines for recurrent stroke prevention online Oct. 21,2010 in the journal Stroke.  The last update to the AHA/ASA was in 2006, but results from several studies testing different interventions contributed to the need for the new report.  “We need to reevaluate the science every few […]

Will VH1 show Bret Michaels’ PFO Closure?


According to About.com’s surgery blog Bret Michael’s is scheduled to undergo PFO closure in January.  In this quick poll, I’d like to know how you think VH1 and Bret Michael’s new show Life As I Know It will address the controversial medical topic of PFO closure. Should VH1 show Bret’s PFO surgery and discuss the […]

FDA withdraws Meridia for increased Heart and Stroke Risk


Meridia (sibutramine): FDA Mandates Withdrawal Due to Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events including heart attack and increased risk of stroke Source: fda.gov AUDIENCE: Primary Care, Consumers ISSUE: Abbott Laboratories and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients about the voluntary withdraw of Meridia (sibutramine), an obesity drug, from the U.S. market because of clinical trial data […]

Time is Brain (and we still need to know more about PFO and Stroke…)


As you might be aware May is Stroke Awareness Month. I hope that you take some time this month to review and advance your knowledge on stroke!  To keep up to date, I just finished viewing a replay on the Rhode Island Hospital (Providence) website where they created a stroke e-presentation for the EMS Community featuring Dr. […]

Dr. Oz’s Brain-Boosting Smoothie | The Dr. Oz Show


In my last post I had asked if you could spare  a moment to give me your 2 cents on how you are keeping your blood thin after your stroke, PFO closure or in general for brain and heart health / stroke prevention.  While I should have this article  ready for you early next week […]

Does Barry Meier know Oprah?


If you are a regular reader of my blog you already know I have been doing a great deal of writing on stroke awareness and PFO education.  I gladly accept interviews when asked to talk more about this issue, especially when it can help further the discussion about stroke, migraine and the possibility of PFO […]