Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy Paired with Vagus Nerve Stimulation Looks Promising for Recovering Arm Function in Small Stroke Recovery Pilot


As originally published in  27 Sep 2018 issue of Stroke.   Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke- A Blined Randomized Pilot Study STROKEAHA.118.022279 A new pilot study found that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in addition to regular rehabilitation therapy, can double the rate of recovery for stroke patients. Important Safety Note:  Implanting a […]

3D Printing for Better Heart Occluder Placement


What a brilliant idea!  Heartwire by Medscape presented  a case report where Australian physicians are taking advantage of 3D printing to create an exact replica of the patient’s cardiac anatomy when planning left atrial appendage (LAA) closure procedures.   Can’t help wondering… Could 3-D printing also be used in other cardiac procedures? Perhaps to better size […]

A new defensive position for Kris Letang : Stroke Defense


Article by David Dansereau-Know-Stroke.org What type of “D” will be best for Kris Letang following his stroke ? Kris Letang’s recent stroke and press surrounding what may have contributed to it (doctors found a small PFO) are certainly making waves again about PFO closure.  Will he be able to play professional hockey again?  It is […]

Statin Drugs and Stroke Prevention: What to Do Now?


by David Dansereau for www. know-stroke.org There were new guidelines announced earlier this week for statin therapy and heart disease /stroke prevention that would by some estimates double the number of Americans on cholesterol-lowering medications.  Statin drugs are already amongst the most widely prescribed medications in the world. Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN tweeted whether […]

A look at the History of Diets shows repeated pattern of “Quick-Fix” Failures


“Stroke Survivors often fall victim to many of these diet scams, sometimes with deadly consequences”.-David Dansereau, Know-Stroke.org Here’s a look at “The History of Diets” so you can see how many of the popular commercial diet programs and so called  “physician supervised” meal plans cycle in and out of popularity just as fast as they […]

Diet Works to Reduce Stroke Risk and Help Fuel Recovery


The Key is to Protect Young Bright Minds with Proper Nutrition BEFORE a Stroke  A Stroke Prevention Diet Starts Early by David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org A revealing diet study in 2010 demonstrated just how big an impact a poor nutritional start can have on our young Bright Minds (Our Kids!).  Those young minds who ate […]

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 […]

Why are we surprised more young adults are having strokes?


Poor Diet  = Increase Stroke Risk All the media channels were reporting this week that there is an alarming rise in stroke stats in young adults.  Why are we surprised?  The Disturbing Facts Have Been Right in front of us for some time now.  Is Diet and Inactivity partly  to blame? “Here’s the Facts: Only […]

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 […]